'Spanish Street' by Yves Brayer (1955)
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'Spanish Street', oil on canvas, by Yves Brayer (1955). A dedicated lover of Mediterranean countries and their varied landscapes, this impressive work depicts a quiet street in a simple Spanish country village. A widow in black approaches the house at the end of the street where friends are having a chat. Overlooking the scene is one of the many historic, hillside castles which is married to its supporting mass of torrid earth. The intense azure sky lowers the temperature of the artwork and contrasts with the scene below. The painting is in very good condition and has been beautifully framed at museum-quality level. Signed by the artist in the lower right hand corner: 'Yves Brayer'. Please carefully view the many photos accompanying this listing to appreciate its condition, the frame and the work's aesthetic qualities. Upon request, a short video clip of the painting may be provided. This gallery holds several works by the artist available on this platform. Yves Brayer's works command higher and higher prices at auction therefore providing the collector not only a beautiful work but an investment as well.
About the Artist: Yves Brayer (1907 - 1990) stands among the most celebrated modern French painters. Although he was faithful to the figurative tradition, his ample métier was enriched by his personal vision. His oeuvre proved to be very diverse, for besides his well-known landscapes, he also painted vast canvases, portraits and still lifes. A lover of Mediterranean landscapes, Yves Brayer sojourned in Morocco, Spain and Italy before settling down in Provence. There 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 travelled internationally where he was quick to grasp the unique rhythm and light of each country.
When he was in Paris in 1942, Jacques Rouché appointed Brayer costume-and-set designer for a ballet at the Opera de Paris.
Brayer passed away in Paris in 1990. A large collection of his paintings are on permanent display both at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Cordes, France and at the Musée Yves Brayer in Les Baux de Provence, as well as many regional museums in his home country. In the United States, Yves Brayer's works form part of the collection of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, among others.
Dimensions with frame:
H 59 cm / 23.2"
W 51 cm / 20.1"
Dimensions without frame:
H 46 cm / 18.1"
W 38 cm / 15.0"