'The Postman' by Raymond Debiève (circa 1960s)
'The Postman', ('Le Facteur') gouache on art paper, by Raymond Debiève (circa 1960s). A wintery delivery by a postman in rural France who poses proudly in his uniform in front of his bicycle. There is a delightful order and balance to this composition flowing from the farmed rows on the snow covered hill, the hedge row behind the postman and the juxtaposition of the large crow and the small dog. The artist's naive style gives way to a work which is all at once sophisticated, confident and soothing. The colour palette of winter speaks to the viewer inviting them to sit by the fireplace with a hot toddy. Although Picasso's influence is undeniable in many of the artist's works, Debiève's own naive artistic style is on display as well. The artwork is in good overall condition. It is newly framed and glazed with anti-reflective glass. The work is unsigned but has impeccable provenance having been acquired from contacts with the Debiève family. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying this listing. A video may be provided upon request.
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 68 cm / 26.8"
W 58 cm / 22.8"
Dimensions without frame:
H 53 cm / 20.9"
W 43 cm / 16.9"