'Landscape with Man and Goats' by Raymond Guerrier (circa 1960s)
'Landscape with Man and Goats', gouache on paper, by Raymond Guerrier (circa 1960s). After the artist moved from Paris to the South of France, he started painting landscapes illuminated by the renowned Provencal light which inspired so many artists before him. We are unsure whether the male subject is the artist himself - it doesn't matter - there is a whimsicality to the work whoever he is. The man stares at the viewer as intently as the goat to the left of the painting stares at him. The man is 'invading' the grazing field of the goats, and perhaps, the viewer is encroaching upon the subject's world as well with their gaze. An artist with a wry sense of humour combined with wonderful talent is always a good thing.
The work is in good overall condition. We've kept the frame in which the work was discovered but added new matting and museum quality, non-reflective glass. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying the listing. Upon request a video will be provided.
About the Artist: Raymond Guerrier (1920-2002). From the age of 14, Raymond Guerrier worked in a Parisian photoengraving workshop. Passionate about painting from an early age, he made his first small paintings at 16. Self-taught, he learned the trade by visiting museums and exhibitions. It was in 1952 that his life was transformed. A merchant from Rue de Seine, Gilbert Stiebel, opened his gallery to young painters to award a prize. Guerrier was the winner and his reward was an exhibition in Paris, followed by one in London. The following year he won the Young Painters Prize which opened the doors to success and recognition for him. In 1954, he left Paris to settle at the foot of the Alpilles, in Provence, in the South of France. From his first very dark canvases to the warm, contrasting coloured landscapes of the south, his painting gradually evolved towards a form of vigorous abstraction. His work is a reflection of the man he was, robust and poetic, mostly consisting of oils on canvas but also drawings, gouaches, collages, as well as sculptures in ceramic, a work he shared with his wife Francesca. Guerrier's work He died in 2002.
Dimensions with frame:
H 51 cm / 20.1"
W 39 cm / 15.4"
Dimensions without frame:
H 31.5 cm / 12.4"
W 20 cm / 7.9"