“L’Etang Des Vallees “
Oil on canvas 46”x 35” unframed
Andre Vignoles was born in the southwest part of France on August 5, 1920. He followed a course of classic studies but was attracted to drawing at an early age and gave much of his time to it. He began to paint with a student of Flandria, one of the first Fauves, who studied in the atelier of Gustave Moreau. As he continued his study of painting, Vignoles was attracted to the art of Cezanne, Van Gogh and the Primitives of the 15th century. He also went through a cubist phase and greatly admired the modernists such as Picasso.
In 1945 Vignoles married and moved to Nice but shortly went to live at Vallauris, where he worked in ceramics to earn a living, though his spare time was devoted completely to painting. In 1945 Vignoles met Pierre Bonnard. Bonnard gave the young artist both advice and encouragement, urging him to go to Paris where he moved in 1946. Here he gained a renewed sense of conviction towards nature and the use of color.
Two years after moving to Paris, he began to exhibit at the Salon d'Automne. In 1950 he became a member of the Salon des Independants. In 1951 he exhibited in the Salon des Jeunes Oeintres, of whose committee he was later elected a member. In 1952 the French State made its first purchase of one of his paintings in succeeding years others were purchased both by the French State and the City of Paris. In 1954 Vignoles won the Prix de la Cadiere d’Azur. He then began a series of one man exhibitions in Paris, London and the U.S. where he experienced unparalleled success. Large, masterfully composed landscapes of the style executed in this piece are becoming increasingly rare and difficult to come by and recently achieved a record price at auction.