'A Day at the Races' by Maurice Empi (1991)
'A Day at the Races', oil on canvas (1991), by Maurice Empi (1933 - ). One can almost feel the excitement of the horse race from this exuberant and colourful work of art. A recurring theme in Empi's work comes from his love of the races - the colours, the crowds and of course the horses all figure in this vibrant work. In this piece, the thoroughbreds are in full stride mounted by their colourful jockeys as they approach the finish line. In the stands are well-healed visitors and bettors rooting for their horses. This could be Longchamps or Deauville. No matter, the excitement of the races knows no bounds. But adding this artwork to your home or workspace will enliven your room and give you an edge the next time you have a day at the races. In good vintage condition - newly framed in a black tray. Signed: 'Maurice Empi'. A short video of the piece is available upon request.
About the Artist: Maurice Empi was born in Saint Etienne in the Loire Valley in France in 1933. In 1949 he enrolled in the 'Ecole Technique Supérieur de Art et Publicité' in Montparnasse, Paris. His professor and friend, Marcel Basler, also an artist, convinced him to abandon his studies in advertising and graphic design to dedicate his life to art. He's never looked back. His first private exhibition was held in Paris in 1953 and his reputation quickly propelled his work overseas to Stockholm in 1955, London in 1959 and Nagoya and Tokyo in 1971. His works are decidedly collectible and increasing in value as he approaches his mid-eighties. Empi's works have been sold at major auction houses worldwide and held in many civic and private collections. His painting themes feature views of Paris and Venice, horse racing, sailing regattas, musicians and their orchestras and French cafés.
Dimensions with frame:
H 32.5 cm / 12.8"
W 62.5 cm / 24.6"
Dimensions without frame:
H 29.8 cm / 11.7"
W 59.8 cm / 23.5"