'The Dream' by Raymond Debiève (1974)
'The Dream', oil on carton, by Raymond Debiève (1974). Strangely, there is something of Marc Chagall's many depictions of angels in this artwork. Like one of his own visions or dreams, Chagall was inspired to paint luminous, beautiful angels in fantasy landscapes of fiddlers, lovers, cows and flowers. This is a dream-like depiction as well but the subject hovers over an unplugged iron with a bouquet of flowers on the board. A black cat - usually a symbol of approaching bad luck - walks under the board. The unplugged wire may symbolise a loss of connection with others. It may be that this depiction is the artist's mourning the loss of a loved one. Behind the subject there is an aura of bright light imparting an ethereal quality to the artwork and hope that the 'angel' is okay and visiting her earthly home and loved ones. The painting is in good overall condition and is newly framed with non-reflective glass. 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 33 cm / 13"
W 39 cm / 15.4"
Dimensions without frame:
H 21 cm / 8.3"
W 27 cm / 10.6"