'The Auction House' by Gerard Fagard (circa 1970s)
'The Auction House', (La Vente aux Enchères) gouache on fine art paper, by French artist, Gerard Fagard (circa 1970s). A delightfully animated scene of a provincial auction house holding their sale. The assistant points to the item up for bids (the elephant in the room?) while the auctioneer describes it in the most flattering of terms. The bidders seem preoccupied however, with other things, most likely awaiting their lot number to have its turn on the podium. The colours are vibrant and the artist's style is inviting. The work is in good vintage condition and has been newly framed and glazed. Signed by the artist in the lower right hand corner: 'G. Fagard'.
About the Artist: Gerard Fagard (b. 1938) born in the Normandy region of Northern France and attended the School of Fine Arts in Rouen and its equivalent in Toulon, in the south. Fagard became a professor of art at various institutions and retired in 1998. Since then he has dedicated his time to painting. His works have exhibited widely in France and in New York and appear at auction in the European houses.
Dimensions with frame:
W 59.5 cm / 23.4"
H 40.0 cm / 15.7"
Dimensions without frame:
W 47 cm / 18.5"
H 28 cm / 11.0"