Sacre Coeur under the Snow, Paris, by Robert Savary (1920-2000). Oil on Canvas.

Robert Savary (France, 20th Century)

Sacre Coeur under the Snow, Paris, by Robert Savary (1920-2000).  Oil on Canvas.
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Sacre Coeur under the Snow, Paris, by Robert Savary (1920-2000). Oil on Canvas.

Savary was called ‘the poet of color’, using white as his color of choice, for he found it full of subtlety and nuance. It allowed him to highlight a kaleidoscope of subtle tonalities and imbue them with light and freshness, resulting in the creation of a highly intricate yet harmonious pictorial surface. His application of thick layers of pigment, combined with his use of cross hatching with a palette knife, contribute to the texture and density of this spiritual architectural icon in the heart of Montmartre. Signed lower right. Framed in carved, stained 'Montparnasse' wooden frame.

FRAMED: HEIGHT: 33 in | WIDTH: 39 in
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 25½ in | WIDTH: 32 in

Origin France
Category Oils
Period 20th Century
Style Post-Modern

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"Having received the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1950, Savary returned from Italy to France where he was named Professor and taught at the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Rouen until his death. His early compositions were structured according to the principles of Cezanne, and made us of a palette of earthy tonalities. His success led him to adopt a brighter, bolder palette and looser structure in his renditions of Parisian marketplaces, architectural structures and animated street life, as well as luxuriant Mediterranean gardens and turquoise coastlines
He participated in the Biennale in Sao Paulo in 1952, and exhibited at the Musee Galleria in Paris in 1960, in Dusseldorf in 1980, and at the Drouant-David and Charpentier galleries in Paris. He won two prestigious Gold Metals and one Silver Medal at major art salons in Paris in 1975, 1985 and 1987.
Savary was a poet of color, and his ‘joie de vivre’ is apparent in the entirety of his oeuvre. The art critic Raymond Cogniat wrote ‘…white becomes a color for Savary the way it did for Bonnard and Matisse, full of subtleties; it is a way of highlighting the kaleidoscope of colors and imbuing them with light and freshness’.
Musee des Beaux Arts de Rouen, France
Musee d'Art Moderne de Paris, France
Musee des Beaux Arts de Nantes, France
Musees de Toulouse, Menton, Grandville, Besancon, Bagnols-sur-Ceze, and Verviers, France
Robert Savary, by Francois Lespinasse"