'Portrait of a Child' by Raymond Dèbieve (1967)
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'Portrait of a Child', gouache and crayon on fine paper (1967), by Raymond Dèbieve (1931 - 2011). Here the artist paints a child in red and blue in his post-cubist style. Clearly this is an affectionately-created portrait of someone close to him. The child's innocence comes through the confident brush strokes. Picasso's influence is undeniable yet Dèbieve's own naive artistic style is on display as well. In excellent vintage condition. Newly framed and glazed. Unsigned, but dated 26-12-67 (Version IV). On many unsigned works, the Dèbieve family certification authority affixes their stamp. In this case it appears in the lower right hand corner. A short video clip of this work can be provided upon request.
About the Artist: Raymond Dèbieve (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, Dèbieve 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, Dèbieve's star has been on the rise and his works more and more in demand internationally.
Dimensions with frame:
H 37 cm
W 30.8 cm
Dimensions without frame:
H 26 cm
W 20 cm