|Market in Day in Front of the Closed City, Henri Barnoin|
|Breton women at the Sainte-Barbe fountain in Le Faouët, |
|Henri Barnoin seems to have had an affinity for market days.|
|Fishing Harbor, Concarneau, Brittany, Henri Barnoin|
|Portrait of the Artist's Brother,|
Although Barnoin painted an excellent full-length portrait of his brother (right), he left behind no portrait of himself. There's not even a single, solitary, blurry photo of the man to be found. Among Barnoin's favored subjects were marine, harbor, and coastal scenes, mostly painted in the rich settings of Brittany. This is exem-plified in his painting Fishing Harbor, Concarneau, Brittany (above). As a win-dow into the past, Barnoin's work is especially valuable in that he seems, himself, to have been peering into the past. He died in Paris in 1940; thus Barnoin painted well into the 20th-century, yet not once, in any of his paintings, do we see any evidence of the modern-day world. As seen in his The Market in Quimperlé (below), dating from 1928, and in his Fishing Harbor, Con-carneau (above), there's nothing but sailing ships, no cars, no contemporary dress, not even so much as a utility pole. Henri Alphonse Barnoin was an artist from the past painting his past.
|The Market in Quimperlé, ca. 1928, Henri Barnoin|
|Woodland River at Dusk, Henri Barnoin.|
Getting away from it all in the countryside.