Moret traveled to Pont-Aven to work with Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard. He traveled to Doëlan, the archetypal little Finistère fishing port tucked into an estuary near Pont-Aven, as he had the habit of doing since 1894. It was here that he painted La jetée, a striking composition of movement and color. The lively impressionistic brushwork is apparent in the blue sky with yellow and lavender cottony clouds. It is a delightful summer’s day, sailboats are sailing close to the shore as well as far out on the sea where the sky merges with the sea at the horizon. Thick impasto and a change in the direction of a brushstroke create sense of movement and energy which is evident throughout the whole painting and even in the smallest details such as the grass in the foreground.
Signature: Signer lower right: Henry Moret
This work will be included in the catalogue raisonné on the artist being prepared by Jean-Yves Rolland.
Walker Kimball and Company, Boston, MA, c. 1908
Mr. & Mrs. George W. Mehaffey, Boston, MA, c. 1908
Mr. & Mrs. Graham Tyler by descent 1934
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Cattrell by descent 1981
Kendall Fine Art, 2006
Private collection, VA