'The Stardust Las Vegas' by Yves Brayer (1979)
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'The Stardust Las Vegas', watercolour and pencil on art paper, by Yves Brayer (1979). French artist, Yves Brayer, known for his Provençal landscapes, travelled widely around the world, including in the United States. He captured this lively scene of a hatted and booted man dangerously crossing the busy avenue in front of the Stardust hotel and casino, Las Vegas, sidestepping cars like a rodeo cowboy evading an enraged bull. In 1967, the old circular sign was replaced by this new $500,000 roadside sign depicted in the painting. The new sign's form was blurred by a scatter of star shapes, a shower of stardust and became an iconic emblem of the city. The work is in good vintage condition, has been newly framed and glazed and is signed by the artist in the lower right hand corner: 'Yves Brayer'. On the left hand side: 'Las Vegas 1979'. Upon request a video of the artwork can be provided.
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. 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 47.5 cm / 18.7"
W 38.5 cm / 15.2"
Dimensions without frame:
H 31 cm / 12.2"
W 23 cm / 9.1"