'Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace' by Maurice Empi (circa 1960s)
'Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace', oil on canvas (circa 1960s), by Maurice Empi (1933 - ). Empi loved to paint views of Paris and Venice. This is an extremely rare painting of his featuring a view from the other side of the Channel. Immaculately turned out guards, precision military drills and bands play stirring music all combine to make the changing of the guard one of London's most popular points of interest. This epitomizes the pomp and military ceremony for which Britain is famous. The colours of the flags, the crowds of onlookers and of course the Queen's Guards all figure in this vibrant work. This is an extraordinary piece by an artist of high regard. In very good vintage condition - newly framed. Signed: 'Maurice Empi'.
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 58 cm
W 66.5 cm
Dimensions without frame:
H 45 cm
W 53.5 cm