"Chabaud Auguste: Still Life"Auguste CHABAUD 1882-1955 Oil on panel, signed lower right, representing a still life. Numbered on the back 305 and dated around 1920 Possibility of recovery Auguste Chabaud was born in Nîmes in 1882. At the age of 15, he entered the École des Beaux-Arts in Avignon, where he had Pierre Grivolas as his master, who had already trained René Seyssaud. At the start of the 20th century, the young man went to Paris but preferred cafes in the Latin quarter to Cormon's academic lessons. However, the midday that gave birth to it reminds him of its overwhelming sun, engulfing colors more than it sublimates the intensity of each. In Chabaud's work, the sum of the hues melts into a blue magma, fiery creative paste that streaks with intense black. White, used sparingly or more often grayed out, completes the trilogy of dominant tones that exalt the nature of Provence. Shouting for truth, striking modernity, rooted in the earth like life itself. The essence of Chabaud's work could lie in these terms. Magisterial, however, that she is humble, like the artist who gives her body by dedicating her soul to her.