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Vase De Fleurs: Georges Rouault

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: Europe: French: Pre 1940   item# 1280109 (stock# 2667)

Vase De Fleurs: Georges Rouault
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Georges Rouault, 1871-1898, Paris. Vase De Fleurs is oil on canvas, 36cm H by 23cm W (14 2.5/8" by 9 1/8") It is signed LR G Rouault and signed verso plus test colors of paint in strips. His father was a cabinet-maker in a piano factory. His paternal grandfather was a lover of art, an admirer of Manet and Daumier, who hoped the child would become a painter. When Rouault was a teenager he was apprenticed to a stained glass maker. This early contact with stained glass influenced immensely his later career as painter and printmaker. At the same time he attended evening classes at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, and studied painting at the Louvre. He entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts under Elie Delaunay, who died soon after. He became the favorite pupil and a close friend of Gustave Moreau. Moreau died in 1898 and the same year Rouault's parents left France to be with their daughter in Algeria whose husband had just died. Rouault was named Director of the new Musee Gustave Moreau. He turned to painting landscapes; he had a period of bad health which he spent in Evian. Rouault always saw himself as an artisan, an anonymous laborer making devotional images. He used black outline to reinforce the brilliancy of color and expressive gesture in the manner of mosaics or medieval miniatures. He drew freely from various sources in order to give conventual overtones to his modern statement of human dilemma. His preoccupation over the years with the plight of prostitutes, tragicomic clowns and biblical martyrs, who as outcasts from society, suffer the burden of insoluble ethical demands, reflects the existential dread of despair he, as an artist, suffered himself. In 1891 he entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where with Matisse, he was a pupil of Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau, a brilliant and sympathetic teacher. Rouault was Moreau’s favorite student and he became the first curator of the Musée Moreau which opened in Paris in 1903. In 1902 Rouault helped to found the Salon d’Automne, an independant exhibition for those artists rejected by the official Paris Salon, where he showed alongside the Fauves. Although Rouault associated with Matisse and the Fauves, he did not adopt their brilliant colors or their typical subjects; instead he painted characters such as clowns, acrobats, dancers, outcasts and judges in jewel-like colors outlined in thick black lines reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh. His sympathies were for the poor and downtrodden, and he commented that his imagination was stimulated by "the contrast between brilliant, scintillating things intended to amuse and this infinitely sad life." In 1894 he was awarded the first prize at the Concours Chenavard and, in 1910, Rouault would have his first one man show at Galerie Drouet in Paris. Rouault married Marthe le Sidaner, the sister of Impressionist painter Henri Le Sidaner, in 1908—they would have four children. Rouault’s achieved financial success after Ambroise Vollard became his art dealer-publisher in 1917 and he gained an international reputation through the 1930s. In 1937 he had his first American one-man show at Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York City and in 1938 the Museum of Modern Art held an exhibition of his graphic prints. Rouault adeptly worked in the various printmaking techniques of woodcuts, lithographs and etchings, often for book illustrations commissioned by Vollard. From the 1930s and on Rouault, a staunch Catholic, devoted himself almost exclusively to religious themes in his art interpreting the works in an almost icon-like austerity with intensively bright colors reminiscent of medieval stained glass windows. He believed in the teaching of the Gospel and stated that his “only ambition is to be able to paint a Christ so moving that those who see Him will be converted.” Rouault spent the last decade of his life working to achieve the high standard of perfection he had set for himself. After the sudden death of his dealer Vollard in 1939, Rouault eventually gained back some 400+ paintings from the estate, of which, he destroyed 315. Georges Rouault died on February 13, 1958 at the age of 87. He received the national honor of a state funeral. In 1908, Rouault married Martha Le Sidoner. They had four children. Rouault exhibited with the Fauves, though he was never closely associated with that movement. His work from then until the end of his life was concerned with printmaking, designing costumes and scenery, illustrating books, etc.


Les Disques: Fernand Leger

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: Europe: French: Pre 1930   item# 1221955 (stock# 2641)

Les Disques: Fernand Leger
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Fernand Leger, French,1881-1955. This stunning example of Fernand Leger's imagery at his early cubust period in the 1920's is pencil on paper. It is 21.5cm w by 25cm h in a beautiful frame 45cm w by 47.5cm h. It is signed lower left F. L. 20. Fernand Léger was born in 1881, the same year both Picasso and Braque were born, in Normandy; his father was a substantial cattle grazer. Fernand was trained as an architectural draughtsman and later worked as a professional retoucher of photographs. He was an abstract painter before the War, in which he had a brilliant record. He had visited the United States twice. In France, he lived in a villa next to some railroad tracks in a Paris suburb, and a farm in Normandy where he raised pigs and made cider.It is often said that Léger was the artist of the machine age, but he was not entirely a man of his time. He knew poverty as a child, was gassed in World War I, had to flee before the invading Nazis in World War II. But there is little of death and destruction in his work. Other men have painted with more passion, few with more exuberance.Léger returned to France at the end of 1945 after spending the war years traveling and lecturing in the United States. There had been three previous visits to America in the 1930s, all entrepreneurial adventures of only modest success. He had resumed his practice of making public appearances to explain his art to a sometimes curious, sometimes bewildered public. In addition, he enjoyed many celebrity encounters, like a holiday with Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, an evening at the theatre with James Joyce and friendships with Ezra Pound and Henry Miller. His paintings sell for up to 37 Million and his paintings are in many museums.


Cubiste Compostion circa 1920's; Albert Gleizes

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: Europe: French: Pre 1930   item# 1220966 (stock# 2633)

Cubiste Compostion circa 1920's; Albert Gleizes
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Albert Gleizes, French, 1881-1953.This vivid painting is Cubiste Composition, Gouache and pencil on heavy paper, 20.2 cm by 28.3cm (about 7 15/16" by 11.2"), signed LR ALB GLEIZES in black, Verso In Pencil, Miette Braive, Rue Chauehat (or Chauchat) Paris, Circa 1920's. Miette Braive (1916-2000) was a cubist painter in Paris in the circle of Albert Gleizes.\ Excellent Provenance upon request. His paintings sell for up to $2,709,303 and works on paper sell for up to $150,000. Initially influenced by the Impressionists, at twenty-one his work La Seine a Asnieres was exhibited at the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1902. With several friends in 1906 he founded the Abbaye de Creteil outside Paris. This commune of artists and writers scorned bourgeois society and sought to create nonallegorical, epic art based on modern themes. The commune closed in 1908 due to financial restraints and in 1909 he came under the influence of Fernand Leger, Robert Delauney, Jean Metzinger and later to Henri Faucconnier who led Gleizes to his cubist style. In 1910 he exhibited at the Salon des Independents, Paris and the Jack of Diamonds in Moscow. His paintings had become abstract by 1915. Galeries Daimau, Barcelona held his first one man show in 1916. Later in his career he was commissioned for murals for the Paris Worlds Fair of 1937. In 1947, a major Gleizes retrospective occurred in Lyons at the Chapelle du Lycee Ampere.


Petit Vase Blanc de Fleurs: Maurice Utrillo

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: Europe: French: Pre 1940   item# 1214092 (stock# 2636)

Petit Vase Blanc de Fleurs: Maurice Utrillo
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Maurice Utrillo, French, 1883-1955.Oil on cardstock, 6"h by 4.45"w signed LL, in good condition. Petit VaseBlanc de Fleures. Born in Paris with the name of Maurice Valadon, Maurice Utrillo specialized in painting city scenes, especially of his beloved Paris. He was the son of teenage model, Marie-Clementine Valade, who painted under the name of Suzanne Valadon, and perhaps an amateur painter name Boissy. Unsure of the father, Valadon reportedly took him around among some of her male acquaintances including Renoir, all whom denied parentage, and so she named him after Miguel Utrillo, who was sympathetic but likely not the father. Among the artists for whom Valadon posed were Berthe Morisot, Toulouse Lautrec, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. By the age of 21, Utrillo was having the mental problems that would reoccur throughout his life. To divert him, his mother encouraged him to paint, so he made pictures of what he saw around him in his neighborhood of Montmartre. His landscapes were unique, some said bizarre, and people bought them. They became popular and influential in that they encouraged other artists to depict their own environs realistically instead of following the prevailing trends towards abstraction. Many of his Parisian scenes, painted 'en-plein air', have appeared on postcards. In the 1920s, when he was in his 40s, he had an international reputation, and in 1929, he received the Legion of Honor from the French government. In 1935, when he was 52, he married a woman named Lucie Valore, and the couple settled in Le Vesinet, near Paris. He lived into his seventies, although he had many bouts with alcoholism. He died November 5, 1955 and is buried in Montmartre in the Cimetere Saint-Vincent.


Impressionist Landscape: Eduard Berhard Toublanc

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: Europe: French: Pre 1970   item# 1205858 (stock# 2635)

Impressionist Landscape: Eduard Berhard Toublanc
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Eduard Bernard Toublanc, French, 1883-1973, Oil on canvas, signed LR. Provenance: Private Collection Wisconsin, Private Collection South Carolina, Purchased from Southern French Family, Direct descent from family originally purchased in France 20th C. In excellent condition, this is a perfect example of Toublanc's work in his most vibrant pointalist style. Toublanc is known for his delicate yet colorful postimpressionist scenes of French Landscapes and cities. His paintings are rare and have sold for up to $6000.


Boats in Southern French Harbor: Guy Charon

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: Europe: French: Pre 1970   item# 1205760 (stock# 2632)

Boats in Southern French Harbor: Guy Charon
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Guy Charon, French, 1927-. This French Fauvist painting is typical of Guy Charon having brilliant joyful fauvist colors and scenes of Southern France. Title: Boats in Southern French Harbor, 18.50" x 22" (46.99cm x 55.88cm), Oil/Canvas, Signed Lower Right. Condition is excellent and a handsome period frame with outer dimensions 27" by 30.5". Provenance: Private US Collection, Leslie Hindman Auction, Private Collection purchased in France.


La Coup De Bois: Emmanuel Gondouin

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: Europe: French: Pre 1930   item# 1196788 (stock# 2622)

La Coup De Bois: Emmanuel Gondouin
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Emmanuel Gondouin, French, 1883-1934 Lived/Active in France. Oil on canvas, signed LR. Provenance: Purchased from the artist by Rosenberg Gallery, Direct descent through family to present owner. Often Known For figure, still life, nature morte painting. Painting sell for up to $50,000.


Notre Dame de Paris sur Seine: Constantine Kluge

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: Europe: French: Pre 1980   item# 1176752 (stock# 2594)

Notre Dame de Paris sur Seine: Constantine Kluge
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Constantine Kluge, French, 1912-2003. This wonderful oil on canvas is 29 by 38.5 in a modern 3" gold leaf frame for overall dimensions of 34" by 41.5". It is in very good condition and is signed lower right.


Paris Bridge over Seine: Louis Robert Antral

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: Europe: French: Pre 1940   item# 1159550 (stock# 2584)

Paris Bridge over Seine: Louis Robert Antral
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Louis Robert Antral, french, 1890-1940


French Trees in Forest: Guy Bardone

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: Europe: French: Pre 1980   item# 1159548 (stock# 2585)

French Trees in Forest: Guy Bardone
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Guy Bardone was born in 1927 in Saint-Claude, on of the most beautiful old towns in France. His vocation as a painter was confirmed after admission to the Ecole National Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. Here he trained under Brianchon, Cavailles and Desnoyer. He was awarded the prestigious Prix Félix Fénéon in 1952 which set wider horizons and allowed him entry into the Paris arena.

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