Charles-Henri Contencin (1898 - 1955)

Le Tour and the Aiguille d’Encrenaz in winter, Chamonix, France


Le Tour and the Aiguille d’Encrenaz in winter, Chamonix, France

oil on canvas
19¾ x 23½in (50 x 60cm)
signed

Peaks & Glaciers 2019, p. 17

Located between Argentière and vallorcine, today Le Tour is still a relatively peaceful village in marked contrast to its neighbouring towns in the Chamonix valley. Looking south to the Aiguille d’Encrenaz and the Aiguille de Mesure, Contencin made this painting after a heavy snowfall. In February 1999 nearly five metres of snow fell around Le Tour in the space of just two weeks resulting in a huge avalanche. It devastated many lives and blighted the aspect of the hamlet for evermore.