Gondola on the Grand Canal, Venice
Solange Bertrand (French, 1913-)
Watercolor on paper, signed and dated
Apparently in good condition (not examined out of the frame) .
Sight size: 10.5” x 14.25”
Frame size 16" x 19.5"
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Painter, sculptor and engraver Solange Bertrand was born in Montigny-les-Metz, France. She studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Nancy before moving on to the Beaux Arts in Paris.
With the advent of World War II, the young artist volunteered to serve as a nurse; she was posted with the army and several youth camps, then assisted with the repatriation of deportees and prisoners.
She resumed painting after the war, exhibiting regularly in Paris’ famous Salon d’Automne and Salon de Mai as well as in galleries in Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
Bertrand explored abstraction throughout her career, pushing towards increasingly purified forms in different media. The bold yet minimalist lines in this work create an abbreviated vision of Venice with its trademark domed cathedral and gondolier.
Solange Bertrand lives and works in Montigny-les-Metz. She is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Metz, the Picasso Museum in Antibes and the Musée Nationale d’Art Modern in Paris.
Bertrand is listed in the
"Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs
et Graveurs" (Bénézit,1999).
Additionally, The Solange Bertrand foundation in France has published several books about her, including "Solange Bertrand, La Vérité en Peinture" by Jean-Luc Chalumeau.