'Potted Flowers' by Charles Kvapil (1933)
'Potted Flowers', oil on canvas, by Charles Kvapil (1933). Potted red geraniums symbolise happiness, good health, good wishes, and friendship. They are associated with positive emotions. The artist paints the flowers bathed in radiant light sitting on a ledge, perhaps at the entrance to a home providing a delightful welcome to visitors. The sizeable painting is in good overall condition and is newly framed with a French-style linen slip. It has recently undergone a thorough cleaning and preservation by an art restoration specialist. It is signed by the artist in the lower left hand (and on the reverse along with an address near Montmartre, 11 Avenue Junot in Paris' 18th Arrondissement), dated 1933. Please enjoy the many photos which accompany this listing. Upon request a video may be provided.
About the Artist: Charles Kvapil was born in 1884 in Antwerp, Belgium, of Czech origin. He exhibited his first works there in 1908 at the Salon d'Anvers. After the war he attended l'Académie des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp and began to exhibit in Paris in 1920 at the Salon des Indépendants. Kvapil was known primarily as a painter of people, in particular of curvaceous nudes. He moved into a studio in Montmartre where he painted his models in the studio with Sacre Coeur as backdrop. He also painted in the countryside like the Impressionists. Kvapil's paintings are creative and modern; his nudes and bouquets of flowers are energetic and powerful. His palette is rich in cobalt blues and in fiery earth tones. His technique is intuitive and confident. Although his oils were often modestly presented on panels of wood or soft board, those formats did not detract from the evident talent he displayed nor from the joy exemplified in his paintings. His paintings are vigorously sought after when they become available at the international auction houses. He is now represented in many public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, in the museums of Le Havre, Rouen, Saint-Etienne, Amsterdam and Tunis. He exhibited in his lifetime in Paris, Munich, Brussels, Geneva, Rome, in Stockholm, London and New York.
Dimensions with frame:
H 93 cm / 36.6"
W 72.5 cm / 28.5"
Dimensions without frame:
H 81 cm / 31.9"
W 60 cm / 23.6"