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JULES R. HERVE (1887-1981) French impressionist painting nude outdoors

JULES R. HERVE (1887-1981) French impressionist painting nude outdoors

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: Europe: French: Pre 1980: Item # 1429146
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A beautifully impressionist work featuring a plus-size woman seated outside in a park in the nude, partially shaded on a hot day by a large shrub. The 10" by 8" oil on canvas (15" by 13" framed) is signed at lower left and again on the reverse side by the well-known, popular French impressionist artist JULES RENE HERVE (1887-1981). The artist, who worked his entire career in the tradition of French Impressionism, pointedly ignoring modernism, has created here a beautiful work, with the beauty of the human body in all its forms at the center of the composition. A greenish dappled light bathes her bare skin. The composition is simple yet so artistic. Herve was born in eastern France, showed early talent, and was schooled in Paris, first exhibiting in 1910, from which time he was a regular Salon exhibitor. The artist taught until roughly 1943. In later years he became a favored artist by the likes of Wally Findlay Galleries, who featured his works and helped him become more known in the United States. Paintings have brought above $20,000 at major auctions. Herve is known today for his beautiful works featuring familiar scenes of Paris and the French countryside, and genre.