HermannPaulThe Artist …

René Georges Hermann-Paul was an artist of considerable scope who rose to fame during the Belle Époque. He is notable for satiric characterizations of the foibles of French society. Parisians got to know him as a stalwart defender of Alfred Dreyfus during the trail in which the captain was wrongly accused of treason.

… And The Catalog

Initiated in December 2008, The Online Hermann-Paul Project is dedicated to building a comprehensive and free catalog of the artist’s work. Through this collection we attempt to tell the story of the artist and his era.

Capri
Capri
By Hermann-Paul
Private collection

Capri

Year: 1907

Description: A pergola in a sunny Mediterranean landscape. Oil on canvas

Provenance: Private collection



Les cheminots (The Railway Workers)
Les cheminots (The Railway Workers)
By Hermann-Paul
Collection Victor Hugo

Les cheminots (The Railway Workers)

Year: 1908

Description: And they're off yet again. Their aging bodies rely on the railroad to follow work from town to town. Hermann-Paul relies on water color, ink and charcoal to bring this scene to life.

The date of this work is an approximation based on its style, subject manner and the collection from which it was sold. Any information to help us refine that date would be appreciated.

Provenance: Collection Victor Hugo



La Vieille du Village
La Vieille du Village
By Hermann-Paul
Collection Victor Hugo

La Vieille du Village

Year: 1908

Description: During the period of industrialization, people migrated from rural villages to large cities in search of work. In this work, The Old Village, a solitary figure walks through a deserted square. She is hunched are wears traditional 19th century attire.

Provenance: Collection Victor Hugo



l'inspiration française
l'inspiration française
By Hermann-Paul
L'Estampe Originale

l'inspiration française

Year: 1909

Description: Watercolor with ink and gouache. The piece is titled, "French Inspiration" in pencil at the bottom. This work is from the October 2000 in Chartres. Its date was estimated based on similarity to other work from the period. More research is needed.

Provenance: L'Estampe Originale



Self-portrait
Self-portrait
By Hermann-Paul
Private Collection

Self-portrait

Year: 1920

Description: Hermann-Paul turned fifty-six in 1920. He had seen the Germans halted at the gates of Paris. And stood in line for food while the country was torn asunder. When the stress of war subsided, Hermann-Paul was an old man. His hair was gray and he needed glasses to see the canvas. Life was normal in 1920 and peace would last for twenty years. But he would not survive a second war. Hermann-Paul died in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer two days before the capitulation.

Provenance: Private Collection



Aprés Dîner
Aprés Dîner
By Hermann-Paul
Commercial gallery, circa 1920

Aprés Dîner

Year: 1923

Description: Oil on canvas. This is piece probably dates to the early 1920s. They are out after dinner. The women wear sleeveless dresses and one has bobbed her hair.

Provenance: Commercial gallery, circa 1920



Carmague Horseman
Carmague Horseman
By Hermann-Paul
Commercial gallery, circa 1920

Carmague Horseman

Year: 1924

Description: Oil on canvas. After the Great War, Hermann-Paul began to spend a great deal of time in the Carmague where he depicted life among the gypsies and the bulls.

Provenance: Commercial gallery, circa 1920



Carmague Woman with Child
Carmague Woman with Child
By Hermann-Paul
Commercial gallery, circa 1920

Carmague Woman with Child

Year: 1924

Description: Oil on canvas. A gypsy woman with child.

Provenance: Commercial gallery, circa 1920



Portrait de femme
Portrait de femme"
By Hermann-Paul
Private collection

Portrait de femme"

Year: 1925

Description: Oil on canvas. She is a New Woman in a privileged class. Her hair is bobbed and her neckline low. Yet her finery indicates she might not have the independence of the women she emulates.

Provenance: Private collection



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