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ANDRE SALAUN (1921-) charming French naif primitive painting

ANDRE SALAUN (1921-) charming French naif primitive painting

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: Europe: French: Pre 1970: Item # 1426777
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A truly charming painting on canvas, 19 1/2" by 26" (28 1/2" by 34 1/2" in distressed style wood frame), the subject French school children singing as a group led by their teacher/conductor, in front of an audience presumably of parents and friends; perhaps a graduation or awards ceremony for the kids. Title apparently is "Distribution de la Prix". The setting is patriotic, with the French Tricolor flying prominently. The artist is ANDRE SALAUN (1921-), a painter of the mid-century "Naif" school of primitive painters, very active in the post-war years through the 1960's. This work is signed at lower right and dated "6_" (last digit hidden under frame). I recently acquired it from an estate sale in Los Angeles, held at the very address seen on an accompanying invoice dated December 7, 1968 from the Sari Heller Gallery, Beverly Hills. The painting remained with that family for an amazing 52 years and is in as-purchased, clean condition. Salaun's works have been auctioned, and in recent years, the Musee Daubigny in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, northwest of Paris, held an exhibition of Salaun's colorful works. See images of these works online. I believe one was executed as late as the mid 1980's. An online search has not turned up a date of death nor much more information on this highly talented and underrated artist. A prize for the Francophile or fan of naive French art.