'The Port of Grau Du Roi' by Yves Brayer (circa 1950s)
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'The Port of Grau Du Roi', oil on canvas, by Yves Brayer (circa 1950s). Le Grau-du-Roi was a fishing village but now is a resort on the French Mediterranean coast, between the historical walled town of Aigues-Mortes and the seaside resort of La Grande-Motte. The Camargue region is to the east. Brayer loved the Camargue region of France and painted it widely. The Camargue is a vast, swampy delta nearby, very exotic, with tall marsh grasses where pink flamingos, black bulls and white horses roam freely. Surrounded by the sea to the south and waterways to most other sides, the Grau Du Roi is based around a canal with an attractive historical centre. The town is divided into four parts and we believe this small church in the depiction is in the section called Port Camargue. The painting is in good overall condition and is newly framed. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying this listing. Upon request a video will be provided. The artist signed the work in the lower left hand.
About the Artist: Yves Brayer (1907-1990) stands among the most celebrated modern French painters. Although he was faithful to the figurative tradition, his ample métier was enriched by his personal vision. His oeuvre proved to be very diverse, for besides his well-known landscapes, he also painted vast canvases, portraits and still lifes. A lover of Mediterranean landscapes, Yves Brayer sojourned in Morocco, Spain and Italy before settling down in Provence. There he was enchanted by the diverse and architectural forms of the Alpilles mountains, and by the vast expanse of the Camargue region with its ubiquitous white horses and black bulls. From then on he spent several months each year working in Provence. He also travelled internationally where he was quick to grasp the unique rhythm and light of each country. When he was in Paris in 1942, Jacques Rouché appointed Brayer costume-and-set designer for a ballet at the Opera de Paris.
Brayer passed away in Paris in 1990. A large collection of his paintings are on permanent display both at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Cordes, France and at the Musée Yves Brayer in Les-Baux-de-Provence, as well as many regional museums in his home country. In the United States, Yves Brayer's works form part of the collection of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, among others.
Dimensions with Frame:
H 45.2 cm / 17.8"
W 53 cm / 20.9"
Dimensions without Frame:
H 36.5 cm / 14.4"
W 45.0 cm / 17.7"