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Post-war Bouquet: Large Exuberant Colourful Floral Still Life, Antique French Oil On Canvas


£320 | $446 USD | €373 EUR
Item Number: SA754117
Date of manufacture: 1940
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Skippings Fine Arts
This antique has been viewed 29 times in the past month with the most views from France.


Over the years, I have discovered that there really is something distinctive about floral still lives from the second half of the 1940s: they have a particular energy and an unmatched exuberance about them. They are often somewhat wild - they are about freedom, not about orderliness - colourful, life-affirming, and strong. I like them very much.
Frequently, the poverty of the materials shows. Fine art supplies were unaffordable or impossible to come by, and painters had to make do.
The ebullient (and that word suits them perfectly) flowers presented here are painted on roughly hewn jute. There is a sense of resilience, rather than of sophistication. Artist Berthe Villemant (1909-1982) was in her mid thirties when she painted this bouquet, a modern woman, with a job - she was a fabric designer in Paris, specialising in floral design. Very little else is known about her.
Measuring 65 x 54 cm, the oil is signed at the upper right, and presented in its original frame, which shows wear and repair but suits the picture well. The overall framed size is 78 x 67 cm.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1940.


Height = 65 cm (25.6")
Width = 54 cm (21.3")
Depth = 1 cm (0.4")

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