'Grazing Cattle in Normandy' by Genevieve Gallibert (circa 1930s)
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'Grazing Cattle in Normandy', watercolour on paper, by Genevieve Gallibert (circa 1930s). The artists captures a tranquil scene in Vallée d'Auge, Normandy, which has a typical landscape of the area known for its dairy and apples. It is particularly noted for its cheeses, especially Camembert. Behind the grazing cattle is a traditional Normand barn, now often converted to residential use. It is difficult to date the appearance of the timber framing in France, but by the fourteenth century they became widespread and were found in many regions including Normandy. This timber frame building technique minimised the use of materials, achieving a lightweight form of construction and ease of implementation.
One of the cultural close calls of the Allied Invasion of Normandy was the near-total decimation of the Normande breed of cattle. The breed was brought to northeastern France by Viking conquerors of the 9th and 10th centuries. For more than a thousand years, these cattle supported the residents with meat and milk.
The artwork is in fair overall condition and is framed and glazed. There are small traces of mould near the edges of the painting not affecting the overall outlook of the artwork. Art restorers can rectify these fairly easily. The artwork is signed by the artist in the lower left hand designating its location (Vallée d'Auge). Please enjoy the many photos accompanying the listing. Upon request a video will be provided.
About the Artist: Genevieve Gallibert (1888-1978) was a French artist, painter, illustrator, engraver, water-colourist best known for her paintings which often depicted scenes from everyday life and nature. She was particularly skilled at depicting the natural world, and many of her paintings featured flowers, trees, and landscapes. Gallibert was the official painter of the French Air Ministry and was the widow of Louis Hirschauer (1885-1939), Doctor of Law, head of the Aeronautical Collections department and co-creator of the Aeronautical Museum. Genevieve Gallibert passed away in 1978, leaving behind a legacy as a talented and respected artist. Her work continues to be exhibited and admired by art lovers around the world.
Dimensions with frame:
H 44 cm / 17.3"
W 53 cm / 20.9"
Dimensions without frame:
H 26 cm / 10.2"
W 35.5 cm / 14"