Louis Hayet is a post-impressionist and pointillist painter, born in Pontoise on August 29, 1864 and died in Cormeilles-en-Parisis on December 27, 1940.
As early as 1881, Louis Hayet, who discovered Chevreul's writings, was interested in the theory of colors. Childhood comrade with Lucien Pissarro, Hayet has the opportunity to show his work to Pissarro in 1883. Around 1885, he binds to the Pissarro family, father and son, and moves to Paris. Between 1883 and 1886, Louis Hayet produced watercolors on the grounds of the Pontois countryside. The memory of the ideas developed by the young artist is at the origin of the decision of Pissarro to take with him, in early May 1886, his son Lucien and Hayet during a visit to the Seurat workshop an afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte. This visit, one or two weeks before the 8th and last exhibition of the Impressionists, was decisive. He did his military service in September 1886, thus finding himself unable to participate in the Salon des Independants of 1887. At the end of 1886, he made chromatic circles that he addressed to Pissarro for Guillaumin, Zandomeneghi, Seurat, Signac and Lucien. From 1887, he made small formats where the neo-impressionist touch is twirling and dynamic. His works demonstrate a sense of abstraction and bring him closer to Van Gogh's evolution. At the Independents of 1889, Feneon writes: "... the third painting by M. Hayet is one of the most beautiful produced by the Impressionists! : the afternoon, a valley, with very fragmented cultures; a high tree is spanned in the sky of clouds and the sun in a sudden bunch of rabbets; the foreground is superb. [...] Mr. Hayet, who for the first time we believe exposes, a series of solid and personal works ... " He finds recognition and the following year, the XX invite him for their Salon in Brussels. After the disappearance of Seurat, Louis Hayet isolates himself and continues his research on the integration of desaturated hues, but nevertheless participated, between 1894 and 1897, in eight of the exhibitions at Le Barc de Boutteville.
Text by Christophe Duvivier, Director of Pontoise Museums
Works of the artist in institutions:
Camille Pissarro Museum - Pontoise
Indianapolis Museum of Art (Landscape, 1888)
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and Courboud Foundation, Cologne, 3 Paintings:
By the river, 1888
Paris, the Eiffel Tower
Young woman drawing at her easel
Guy Dulon et Christophe Duvivier : Louis Hayet 1864-1940 - Peintre et Théoricien du Néo-impressionnisme. Musée de Pontoise, 1991. ISBN 2905199253.