SOLD - Ecole Provençale - Fortuné Car
SOLD - Famous Provençal artiste (Marseille 1905 – 1970) born in a family where painting runs from generation to generation.
In the 1930s, it takes over his uncle’s workshop, a specialist in theatre decor. This vast place allows him to create stunning decors for the theaters and entertainment venues of the area, among those the Opéra de Marseille.
In 1939, he must join the French Army and leaves his workshop in the hands of his younger brother. Upon his return, he abandons the making of theatre decors and turns his attention to painting.
Living near the Vieux-Port (Old Harbour) of Marseille, he soon finds his place among the Provençale School, depicting the landscapes of Provence, l’Arrière-Pays (the Back Country), as well as the little harbours that dot the Mediterranean Coast, full of fishing scenes and seaside life.
His style, strong and colourful, is enriched by his expert use of the brush but also of the knife. His work is soon exposed all over the country. His reputation as a Provençal painter reached overseas shores, in particular Canada, where he became a member of the Royal Academy of Arts.
We have successfully introduced the works of this Provencal artist to New Zealand in 2017 and have noticed a sharp increase in the value of his paintings on the French market during our April 2018 trip to Provence: this is certainly due to the limited supply of his works, as well as the attractiveness of the Ecole Provençale style.
New frame by Petone Frameworks.
Dimensions: 37.5cm x 32.5cm