"André Herviault (1884-1969) "Beautiful and large canvas by André Herviault representing a lively scene of an African village in 1948, signed and dated lower right + marks on the frame "....? ... Conakry ...". Format without frame 45x56cm. It is therefore a magnificent Africanist composition by André Herviault, it represents here a very lively scene from an African village, apparently in Guinea Conakry in 1948. Very interesting work because it paints many characters in fairly close-ups , unlike his numerous studies in smaller formats where he sketches his characters a lot. I no longer present André Herviault, famous French traveling painter, famous for his Africanist paintings or posters, very very well represented at the Jacques Chirac museum at quai Branly in Paris, which keeps several works. André Herviault, born March 23, 1884 in Nantes and died July 10, 1969 in Saintes. He studied with Fernand Cormon at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was sent to Togo by the Ministry of Colonies and brought back 18 works which were exhibited at the Salon of the Colonial Society of French Artists. He painted many representations of life in Africa during the colonial period including Scene of daily life in a village in Central Africa exhibited at the international colonial exhibition of 1931 which shows primitive huts made of clay and straw roofs, typical of Togo, around a tropical type vegetation. Beyond the ethnographic concern, it nevertheless implies the "apologetic vision of a civilizing France in the extra-western colonial world". Specialist in this type of performance and having made frequent trips to Africa, he received the Prize for French Equatorial Africa and then the Prize for French West Africa. Several of his works, including L'Officier topographe, also shown at the Colonial Exhibition, were exhibited in 2018 at the Musée du quai Branly as part of the exhibition “Peintures des lointains”. It gives an idealized representation of well organized work overflown by a biplane, whereas in 1927 and 1928 the writer André Gide then the journalist Albert Londres had given a completely different description. A painting of a Conca Marini, Amalfi seaside dating from around 1923 is kept at the Musée d'Orsay. Today his works rarely come out on the market. The canvas I propose is the original one, very thick close to a burlap, mounted on an exotic wooden frame, it is in good condition, perhaps deserves a little cleaning. Delivered in a pretty pretty modern gilded carved frame. Authentic guarantee.