'The Wedding' by Raymond Debiève (1972)
'The Wedding' oil on cardstock paper, by Raymond Debiève (1972). A quirky portrait of a young bride with the groom (or is it her father?) in the background. Her expression is bewildering. The artist's use of a green wedding dress is also mysterious. A bride that wears green - the colour of nature itself - hopes for a relationship that is as strong as the roots that hold a tree in the ground. Perhaps that isn't the case here. Debiève paints in his post-cubist manner with an undeniable influence from Picasso, yet his own naive artistic style is on display as well. In good overall condition with a very slight blemish in the mid, right hand area of the artwork. It is newly framed and glazed with anti-reflective glass. Signed by the artist in the upper left hand and dated 6th of November, 1972 in the upper right. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying this listing. A short 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 40.3 cm / 15.9"
W 33.8 cm / 13.3
Dimensions without frame:
H 27 cm / 10.6"
W 21 cm / 8.3"