Tout de Coëtquen
- [Tower of Coëtquen]
- (ca. 1925-50), grease pencil, ink and felt pen on paper
- 12.6 x 9.9 in. (32 x 25 cm.)
- Musée Yvonne Jean-Haffen – Maison d’artiste de La Grande Vigne
The building at the center on this drawing is the Tower of Coëtquen of the Castle of Dinan in Dinan, France. The artist Lucy Scott Bower has drawn the Coëtquen tower from a similar street angle in her “Pig Market, Dinan.”
Also, here is a postcard photo of the same scene slightly later in time – notice the trees absent in both earlier works.
About the Artist:
Yvonne Jean-Haffen (1895-1993) was a French painter, illustrator and ceramicist. She also worked with woodcuts, linocuts, copper engraving and lithography. Jean-Haffen was originally a student of Auguste Leroux, and later a pupil and friend of Mathurin Méheut (1882-1958).
She embraced life in Brittany and its culture after her marriage, and much or her work depicted pardons, landscapes, seascapes and rural scenes. In 1937 she and her husband purchased la Grande Vigne, near Rance and Dinan.
During the second world war 1940-45 la Grande Vigne became a centre of artistic meeting and activity. She bequeathed this home as a museum and the artist’s studio as a place for artists to come and paint the wonders of Brittany. It regularly features exhibitions of works by Mathurin Méheut and Yvonne Jean-Haffen. [DES-12/15]