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'French Riviera Port' by Louis Carradot (c. 1960s)


'French Riviera Port', watercolour on paper, by Louis Caradot (1896 - 1980). This expressive work depicts a small, sleepy port of the French Riviera seemingly before the glitz and glamour arrived with Brigitte Bardot and other international figures. A small boat on a mooring faces the port's only hotel - no one is visible so early in the morning. A hint of the rising sun is reflected in the water, painted such that even the likes of David Hockney would be proud. Elevations of Provençe rise behind the port. A myriad of colours were employed in executing this work: blue, yellow, orange, green and magenta. 

About the Artist: Louis Caradot (1896 - 1980) was born in Roanne, France and counted a number of famous artists such as Jean Puy (1876 - 1960) amongst his friends and fellow Roannais. An instinctive painter, Caradot was most known for his watercolours. He moved to the Riviera in 1946 but struggled there financially. He said he painted what he felt rather than to please the buying public. Famous Fauvist painter, Jean Puy, was a lifelong friend with whom he corresponded for advice and encouragement. The noted French critique and historian, André Warnod (1885 - 1960), said that Caradot was the most original and expressive talent from his region. Artwork in excellent vintage condition commensurate with its age. Original frame, new mount and glass.

Dimensions with frame:

H  58 cm

W  47 cm

Dimensions without frame:

H  30 cm

W  43 cm