'Mont Sainte-Victoire' by Yves Brayer (circa 1960s)
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'Mont Sainte-Victoire', oil on canvas, by Yves Brayer (circa 1960s). For Cezanne (1839-1906), his famous works depicting Sainte-Victoire Mountain were an ongoing study and a constant reflection on how landscape could be described. In his later representations, the mountain is only recognisable by the outline rising on the horizon, but everything around it becomes indefinite and abstract. By contrast, Brayer's rendition of the revered Mont Sainte-Victoire is rustically charming, down-to-earth and beautiful in its simplicity. The colours and composition of this work result in an alluring image, an original version true to Brayer's aesthetic. The piece is in very good condition and has been newly framed with a French-style linen slip. The artist signed the work in the lower right hand. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying the listing. Upon request a video will be provided.
About the Artist: Yves Brayer (1907-1990) was born in Versailles, France. Determined to be an artist from an early age, he set out for Paris in 1924, initially studying at the academies in Montparnasse, and from there he attended the École des Beaux-Arts. Whilst still a student he exhibited at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Indépendants, and in 1927 Brayer left Paris for Spain with the aid of a state grant to enable him to study the works of the Spanish Masters in the Prado.
On his return to Paris in 1934 he exhibited a collection of paintings inspired by his travels in Europe and Morocco to great acclaim. Having moved south to Cordes in the Tarn region of France after the War, Brayer then discovered the area which was to have the greatest artistic influence on his work: Provence. He was enchanted by the diverse and architectural forms of the Alpilles mountains, and by the vast expanse of the Camargue region with its ubiquitous white horses and black bulls. From then on he spent several months each year working in Provence. He also made several trips to Mexico, Egypt, Iran, Greece, Russia, Turkey, USA and Japan where he was quick to grasp the unique rhythm and light of each country.
A large collection of Yves Brayer’s paintings are on permanent display both at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Cordes, in the Salle Yves Brayer and at the Musée Yves Brayer in Les Baux de Provence, as well as various museums in other parts of France and elsewhere. Yves Brayer died in 1990.
Dimensions with frame:
H 38 cm / 15"
W 46 cm / 18.1"
Dimensions without frame:
H 27 cm / 10.6"
W 35.5 cm / 14"