"St Jean-de-luz 1949- Raoul Serres (1881-1971)"Raul Serres (1881-1971) pictorial work mainly evokes life in the Basque country as here the place Louis XIV in St Jean-de-Luz in 1949 on the day of July 14.
It is a powerful and original work in its composition and its technique.
In its composition because the trees immediately impose their power and their presence on us. The rampart they form is cut by the garland of paper lanterns which crosses them and their dark lines meet the thin window of blue sky and the shimmering colors of the decor.
Also it seems that these giants protect and watch over the lovers sitting on the public benches.
The only perceptible movement of this scene is given by the couple that the painter was able to capture just before he escaped from the frame.
By his technique, because the painter has chosen to destructure reality a bit like Cubists. The elements of the painting are suggested by large flat areas of brushes. All these keys as articulated, draw an assembly of spheres and rectangles. This composition of shapes and colors gives to this work its strength, originality and beauty.
Raoul Serres was born in Cazères sur Garonne in 1881 and died in Nogent sur Marne in 1971.
Painter, engraver and illustrator, he was a pupil of Jules Jacquet, H.J Dubouchet and Léon Bonnat. He was Associate of French Artists and appeared in the salon of this group from 1906, the year he obtained the Grand Prix de Rome for engraving.
It is oil on canvas in perfect condition which is signed R Serres and dated 49 at the bottom right. It is signed "Serres" and located "St Jean" on the back on the chassis. And Its size: 23,6 x 28,7 Inches without frame and 34,3 x 39,4 Inches with its frame.