'Portrait of a Boy' by Raymond Debiève (1966)
'Portrait of a Boy', India ink and gouache on paper (1966), by Raymond Debiève. A portrait of a boy seemingly in his awkward teen phase who sports the hairstyle of the era. He is bright-eyed with a curious expression. The kind of expression young people had before the advent of the Internet (sorry). The boy's pale skin and delicate, bashful smile, as portrayed, signify much affection for the subject. In good overall condition, newly framed and glazed in non-reflective glass. Unsigned, however the Debiève family certification authority has stamped the work in the lower right hand. It is dated the 9th of November 1966. Upon request a video may be provided.
About the Artist: Raymond Debiève (1931-2011), was born, along with his twin brother, Michel, in the North of France near the border with Belgium. Their parents, of humble origins, noted a talent for drawing and art in both of the boys and encouraged them in that direction. Unfortunately the boys were separated during the war years but reunited afterwards. They attended the School of Fine Arts in Valenciennes after WWII where they were awarded successive 1st prizes in the Concours de Encouragement à l'Art. Raymond not only painted but was a gifted sculptor of metal works as well. In 1960 he exhibited, with great success, a series of very colourful paintings at the Galerie des Flandres in Lille, France and later in his career in Paris and Switzerland. Primarily with respect to his portraits of women, Raymond was undeniably influenced by Picasso. At the same time, he has managed to forge a distinct style which is much admired and now collected. In 1962, Debiève relocated to Provence with his family where he continued to create and exhibit art until his death in the town of Orange in 2011. Since then, Debiève's star has been on the rise and his works more and more in demand internationally.
Dimensions with frame:
H 39 cm / 15.4"
W 32.5 cm / 12.8"
Dimensions without frame:
H 27 cm / 10.6"
W 21 cm / 8.3"