'Rugby Five Nations Tournament: Ireland v Wales' by Pierre Gaillardot (circa 1970s)
'Rugby Five Nations Tournament: Ireland v Wales', oil on canvas, by Pierre Gaillardot (circa 1970s). The Rugby Six Nations is the successor to the Home Nations Championship (1883–1909 and 1932–39), played between teams from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, which was the first international rugby union tournament. With the addition of France, this became the Five Nations Championship (1910–31 and 1947–99), which in turn became the Six Nations Championship with the addition of Italy. This is a colourful depiction of an exciting moment with players of both teams swarming the ball carrier to either protect or tackle him. The artist is renowned for his paintings of colourful regattas, tennis tournaments, horse races and eye-catching beach scenes. The raised portion you see on the canvas reflects the artist's addition of sand to the oil painting to give it texture. It adds visual interest as well. For lovers of the sport, this painting is a must-have and would be a wonderful addition to the home, workspace or man-cave. It is in good overall condition as it has been professionally cleaned and preserved for decades to come. It has also been newly framed in a tray. Upon request a video may be provided.
About the Artist: Pierre Gaillardot (1910 - 2002), French painter from the new school of Paris whose origins were from the Burgundy region. He mostly depicted scenes of vineyards and winemakers as well as horse races, as he later lived and worked in Deauville. Employing a rather expressionist style, his depictions of horses and their riders perfectly capture the swift movement and the beauty and colour of the sport. In 1966 Gaillardot was awarded the ‘Prix Pierre Puvis de Chavannes' upon the recommendation of the Committee of the ‘Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts’ and the City of Paris. A retrospective exhibition of his works was held at the ‘Musée d’Art Moderne’ in Paris in 1967. His works appear for sale at the major international auction houses and reside in collections around the world.
Dimensions with frame:
H 102 cm / 40.2"
W 82 cm / 32.3"
Dimensions without frame:
H 100 cm / 39.4
W 80 cm / 31.5"