Hilly landscape by Jules Chadel


Invitation to a stroll by Japanese art lover.

Hilly landscape by Jules Chadel.

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Jules Chadel

Clermont Ferrand 1870 – Paris 1941

Hilly landscape

Monogrammed JCH lower right.

Pen and China ink, watercolor and gouache. Framing lines with black chalk.

241 x 315 mm – 9,49 x 12,40 in.

A student in the École des beaux-arts in Clermont-Ferrand, Jules Chadel transferred in 1839 to the École des arts décoratifs in Paris. He worked as a draughtsman for the jewel designer Georges Le Turq before entering the more famous Henri Vever’s workshop. There he discovered Japanese art, which was to make a long-lasting impression on him.

Alongside Prosper-Alphonse Isaac, he undertook to learn oriental graphic techniques and wood engraving with Yoshijiro Urushibara, a Japanese artist living between Paris and London from 1908 to 1940.

Following Henri Rivière’s example, he discovered Brittany, where he executed numerous wash and watercolor drawings, preparatory to wood engravings. Chadel was one of the few artists to carry this Japanese-style to the extreme, using exclusively Japanese techniques and practicing monochrome drawing.

A large group of his works is in the Roger-Quilliot museum in Clermont-Ferrand and was exhibited in 2015-2016: Nature et Mouvement : Jules Chadel (1870 – 1941) dessins et gravures. 

Condition report – Laid down on Japan paper. Slight diagonal crease in the paper, barely visible. Good overall condition.