A mid century oil on canvas painting by the hand of a listed French artist who lived for 102 years, RAYMOND PERREAU (1874-1976). The work is handled in an impressionist manner but also possesses a mid century, contemporary air. It measures 32" by 16", 39" by 23" in black wood frame with liner, and the artist signed at lower right where he dated it 1961. Upon close examination one can see how the paint is meticulously worked; the artist used a lot of colorful underpaint which he selectively allows to show through, enriching the surface. Perreau is most closely associated with Troyes in eastern France, southeast of Paris. He painted landscapes, churches, haystacks in fields, mostly with an impressionist hand. One auctioned work was created in 1903; I see one dated 1964, at the other end, so, the artist was active for at least 61 years.