Image: Crepuscule
(St. Cloud, France, 1854 - 1913, St. Cloud)

Crepuscule , c. 1890s

Oil on canvas
23 5/8 in. x 23 3/4 in. (60.01 cm x 60.33 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Arthur McKee
1959.89
with frame
La Touche was not a member of the French Impressionist group, but his style was clearly influenced by their work.  Like American impressionists, he used a more precise technique that created a striking, mosaic-like pattern on the surface of his works.  This image of a fountain and pond at twilight ("crepuscule" is French for "twilight" or "dusk") likely depicts a scene in the gardens of Versailles, a favorite subject of the artist's in his later years.  

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