'Young Woman and Cat' by Raymond Debiève (1968)
'Young Woman and Cat', gouache on fine paper (1968), by Raymond Debiève (1931 - 2011). In a clear nod to Picasso's influence stylistically, Dèbieve painted this warm portrait of a young woman embracing her cat who doesn't seem to be enjoying being held judging by the expression on its face.
Enduring as a cultural and social icon, the cat symbolised femininity, sensuality, domesticity and lust. Picasso was known to have loved cats and was photographed with kittens or cats throughout his lifetime. For his part, Debiève was so influenced by Picasso his paintings also embraced Picasso's themes. At the same time, he has managed to forge a distinct style all his own which is much admired and now collected. This work has been newly framed and glazed. Unsigned, but dated twice reflecting an update on the original piece. On many unsigned works, the Dèbieve family certification authority has affixed their stamp on his original art which in this case appears in the lower right hand corner. Newly framed and glazed. Upon request a video of the artwork will 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 41.5 cm / 16.3"
W 35 cm / 13.8"
Dimensions without frame:
H 25 cm / 9.8"
W 20.5 cm / 8.1"