'Church Interior' by Jean-Charles Contel (circa 1920s)
'Church Interior', oil on board, by Jean-Charles Contel (circa 1920s). The artist has exquisitely captured the church's aura and character in his depiction of the cold stone floors, the ancient columns and arches as well as the railings of this wonderful French Catholic church. Standing in front of this painting, the viewer can just about smell the incense whose smoke is interpreted as a symbol of the prayer of the faithful rising to heaven. All of that included in the price of this breathtaking work of art. The piece is in good overall condition having recently undergone a thorough cleaning by an art restoration professional. It is newly framed with a French-style linen slip and signed by the artist in the upper left hand. Upon request a video may be provided.
About the Artist: Jean-Charles Contel (1895-1928) was best known for his depictions of old houses and buildings, winding alleys and disreputable neighbourhoods. In 1926, he had an exhibition of his works in Le Havre, then at the famous art exhibitions of Paris including the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon d'Automne which, in 1928, organised a retrospective of his works after his premature death. His artworks are held in private collections internationally and publicly in the Museum of Art and History in Lisieux, France and the Museum of Fine Art in Le Havre.
Dimensions with frame:
H 70.5 cm / 27.8"
W 59.5 cm / 23.4"
Dimensions without frame:
H 56.5 cm / 22.2"
W 45.5 cm / 17.9"