“Bouquet a la Flute”
Oil on canvas 25 5/8” x 21 ¼” w/o frame
Gaston Sebire was born in Saint-Samson, Normandy, France, August 18, 1920. He attended School in Rouen, then entered the postal service, working at night and devoting himself to painting during the day. His first big break came in 1953, when he won the honorable job of designing the costumes and decorations of L'Ange gris, a ballet written by Claude Debussy for the Marquis of Cuevas. Moving to Normandy soon after, he buried himself under his paints, creating landscapes, marine scenes, floral still-lifes, etchings, and watercolors. He made a progressive step in 1951 and moved to Paris, where he exhibited the following year at Galerie Visconti, and in 1956 at the famed Galerie Charpentier. He participated in Group shows in London, Munich, Washington and Japan. After receiving the Prix de Critique in 1953, Prix Casa Velasquez and the Greenshields prize in 1956, his abilities and instinctive talent as an artist were undeniable. His work was acquired by the Museum of Rouen and the French Government and is collected internationally.