Choose from the following zoom modes:
-or-

Select image to view:

Maison Fonte de La Tour Fondue by Victor Charreton

Loading...
Lens Options
Size: S / M / L / XL

Zoom Level: I / II / III / VI

Advanced Settings

Maison Fonte de La Tour Fondue by Victor Charreton

- Item No.

This brilliantly hued composition by French landscapist Victor Charreton depicts a medieval castle

Key Features

  • This brilliantly hued composition by French landscapist Victor Charreton depicts a medieval castle
  • The painting is of the blacksmith forge of La Tour Fondue, a castle located in Auvergne
  • Charreton came to love La Tour Fondue so entirely that he acquired it in 1922
  • He was the quintessential post-impressionist landscape artist at the turn of the century
  • Signed "Victor Charreton" (lower right)
  • Dated 1910
  • Canvas: 29" high x 24" wide; Frame: 35 1/2" high x 30 1/2" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C: 24" F: 30 1/2" Inches
  • Height:
    C:29" F: 35 1/2" Inches
  • Period:
    20th Century
  • Origin:
    France
  • Subject:
    Landscapes
  • Artist:
    Charreton, Victor
Victor Charreton
1864-1937 · French

Maison Fonte de La Tour Fondue

Signed "Victor Charreton" (lower right)
Oil on canvas

This work is featured in the book Victor Charreton: Vie et Oeuvre by Robert Chatin

This brilliantly hued composition by French landscapist Victor Charreton depicts the blacksmith forge of La Tour Fondue, a castle located in Saint-Amant-Tallende in Auvergne that dates from the 14th century. Charreton depicts this scene with his quintessential post-impressionist style using a vibrant color palette, rich in violets and mauves, with bold, lively brush strokes. Charreton's exceptional ability to bridge the techniques of classical impressionism with fauvism delivers a canvas intense and complex in both composition and execution. Maison Fonte de La Tour Fondue demonstrates fauvism's quintessential color harmonies and bravura brushstrokes while at the same time showing the impact of impressionist aesthetics.

The landscape of Auvergne seemed to haunt Charreton throughout his life and he painted it repeatedly paying special attention to the vibrant and emotive winter landscapes at Morul. In this stunning composition the medieval castle is captured lovingly with an emphasis on the natural effects of light and atmosphere. Seduced by the mystery and grandeur of the old castle, Charreton executed numerous compositions of the site and came to love La Tour Fondue so entirely that he acquired it in 1922. With saturated color and an enthralling composition Charreton effectively communicates the remarkable diversity of the post-impressionist style.

Born near Auvergne into a wealthy family, Charreton had a love for the arts even as a child. He began his career in painting rather late in life, after leaving his initial profession of law. He started exhibiting in 1894 in Lyon, and later that year in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Française, but it wasn't until he relocated to Paris in 1902 that he was able to devote himself entirely to painting. In 1903 he became one of the founding members of the Salon d'Automne and his work soon gained international attention and critical acclaim. From 1910 forward Charreton was awarded numerous prizes and medals. In 1914, he became a member of the prominent Salon jury, as well as being made a Knight of the Legion of Honor. He participated in many exhibitions in France and abroad and founded the Ecole de Murol with Leon Boudal which attracted many international painters of the neo-impressionist style. In 1931, he inaugurated the Museé Victor Charreton near Lyon.

Today, Charreton is renowned for his landscapes documenting the changing seasons in France as well as in Southern Europe and Africa.  He was a true environmentalist, acquiring poplars near La Tour Fondue to save them from being destroyed.  Seduced by nature, Charreton embarked on an artistic journey that was incredibly heartfelt, intimate and expressive. His works are incomparable in their technique and execution, making him the quintessential post-impressionist landscape artist at the turn of the century. Charreton's works are housed in some of the most prestigious museums throughout Europe and the United States and are rarely available for acquisition. No collection of modern art should be considered complete without his inclusion.

  Circa 1910

Canvas: 29" high x 24" wide
Frame:  35 1/2" high x 30 1/2" wide

Artist's Museums:
Brooklyn Museum, New York City
Musee d'Art Roger-Quilliot, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Related Items

Go to »
The Russian Emigrants by Lucien Levy-Dhurmer 
Go to »
Autumn on the Shore of the Lake by Leopold Francois Kowalsky
Go to »
Bord de L'Oise a l'aube, Pontoise by Louis Hayet

Request More Information

Please submit your question/comment below.

Join our email and enjoy advance notice of acquisitions, events and exclusive sales promotions.


Close [X]
Request a Phone Call

An M. S. Rau sales consultant will call you within 4 to 6 hours during our normal business hours (9am - 5:15pm CST and closed on Sundays) or by noon the next business day if we receive your request after business hours. We look forward to speaking with you.


*We need your zip Code to determine your time zone.

Close [X]
Add to my Collection Email to a Friend

Share this item with your spouse, your decorator or a fellow collector...you can even send it to several email addresses at once. Fill out this form and we'll send them a link to this item.

Close [X]

You are currently not logged in. Please Sign In to create a collection or add items to your existing collection(s).

If you do not have an account, please Register and enjoy benefits immediately.


Close [X]
Price: $64,850
Add to my Bag

To order by phone or for more info call
1-888-711-8084