'The Farm in Normandy' by Pierre Gaillardot (circa 1970s-80s)
'The Farm in Normandy', watercolour on paper, (c. 1970s-80s) by Pierre Gaillardot. Normandy, in the North of France, consists of rolling countryside typified by pasture for dairy cattle and apple orchards. Small farms such as the one depicted by the artist are dotted throughout the landscape. The artist uses vibrant colour and characterful expressionist style to capture the viewer and this works to great effect. The architecture of the little cottages reflect their Norman origins which are shared with the English after the Norman conquest of 1066. If the South of France is about olive oil, Normandy is all about butter. A wide range of dairy products are produced and exported including cheeses such as Camembert, Pont l'Evêque, Neufchâtel, Petit Suisse and Boursin. Normandy butter and cream are lavishly used in their cooking. Normandy is a major cider-producing region (very little wine is produced) as well. Apple brandy, of which the most famous variety is calvados, is also popular. Many Parisians dream of the idyllic rural life in Normandy. Perhaps you do too. The painting is in good overall condition and is framed and glazed. Signed: 'P. Gaillardot' in lower right hand corner. Please view the many accompanying photos to this listing. Upon request a video will 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 depicted scenes of vineyards and winemakers as well as horse races, sailing regattas and bathers on the beach. Employing a rather expressionist style, his depictions of horsing sports perfectly capture their swift movement and very colourful riders. In recognition of his inspired art, in 1966 he 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 63 cm / 24.8"
W 77 cm / 30.3"
Dimensions without frame:
H 46 cm / 18.1"
W 60 cm / 23.6"