"Louis Pastour (1876-1948) Large Bouquet Of Flowers, Provence"Louis Pastour (1878 1946) Very beautiful bouquet of anemones, dazzling colors oil on wooden panel 41cm on 33cm without the frame and 65cm on 57cm with Sold with certificate of authenticity on the back "anemones, glory song, Cannes May1941, louis Pastour "" When I paint, there are emotions that do not deceive me, if my soul is drunk with a mad drunkenness, if I laugh and speak alone, no doubt that my study will count among my best impressions "Biography painter cannois , Provençal, Louis Pastour is part of the post-impressionist movement through his own technique, painting with a knife. Colourist, painter of the light, it is with an equal mastery that he tackles his favorite themes: marines, flowers and landscapes. From childhood, he expresses his passion, his desire to paint and his vocation to fix his emotions in the face of the beauty of nature and landscapes, by the play of color, light and dough. He began working in 1889 as a painter. He won a silver medal at the drawing classes of the Polytechnic Association of Cannes. In 1894 he left for Paris. Worker by day, he takes evening classes at the National School of Decorative Arts. To save his brushes, he begins to paint with a palette knife. Back in Cannes, Louis Pastour married Magdeleine. From this union is born a son, Auguste, who will become a musician. In 1900, he was Workers' Delegate at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. The following year, he presides over the inauguration of the Union des Syndicats. Socially very involved, he is at the origin of the institution of the tribunal des Prud'hommes of Cannes and the workers' courts. In 1902, Louis Pastour founded the Association of Fine Arts of Cannes (ABAC) with a group workman passionate of art and creates the annual exhibition of the painters of the soil. On March 10, 1903, the opening of the first Salon in Cannes took place. On the strength of his success, he opened in Cannes a trade in colors and material for the artist Palette de Rubens. This place of cultural exchange becomes the center of a regional artistic movement. Dukes and princesses frequent famous artists. He paints, every day, at dawn, seizing the moment, the light, according to reason. Of a cheerful, warm character, he is nonetheless shy and discreet. It was on the initiative of the sculptor Denys Puech that he received in 1911 the Palmes académiques. In 1912 he traveled and painted in Egypt. Fascinated by this country, his painting is enriched. In 1913, he stayed in Bruges with his friend, the painter Georges-Émile Lebacq. The rain, the mist inspire his palette. Military during the First World War, he painted as soon as he could. He exhibited for the first time in Paris in 1920 in the salons of Galeries Devambez. His Red Veil is noticed there. He is baptized [By whom?] "The Painter of the Sun" (Lou Pintre dou Soulèu) and connects exhibitions in France and abroad. The capital will now be an annual meeting for the painter Cannois. He brings through his paintings the light of the south, a blaze of colors, and all the ingredients of his inspirational Provence. In search of new landscapes, he painted in Morocco in 1923 and in Italy in 1928. But it is in Cannes, his main source of inspiration, that he always comes back. In 1928 he was entrusted with the decoration of the lower station of the Super-Cannes funicular, located on a hill in the California - Pezou district. Pastour produces advertising works for the Railways, the agenda of the PLM (Paris Lyon Méditerranée) and various magazines. Louis Pastour publishes in The Gazette articles on local life, in Provençal in L'Avenir: "Li Petet of the Pantiero" ("The Gossip of the Pantiere" 1), stories and galéjades Cannes. He died in Cannes December 6, 1948, and is buried in the cemetery of Grand Jas. Public collections His works are preserved in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Nice Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon and the National Museum of Art in Romania (where the collections of the Simu Museum have been transferred. which was demolished) in Bucharest.