Vue Aerienne de Cathedrales, byJacques Despierre (1912-1995). Ink and Watercolor on paper

Jacques Despierre (France, 20th Century)

Vue Aerienne de Cathedrales, byJacques Despierre (1912-1995). Ink and Watercolor on paper
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Vue Aerienne de Cathedrales, byJacques Despierre (1912-1995). Ink and Watercolor on paper


This airy and radiant watercolor represents a bird's eye view of a cathedral in the center of a small town in France. A bridge leads the eye into the composition towards a distant view of rapidly sketched countryside. Despierre's style is reminiscent of that of Lionel Feininger in its expressive use of angularity, radiant color and and exuberant spontaneity. The work is dedicated at the lower left.

FRAMED: HEIGHT: 21 in | WIDTH: 24 in
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 13½ in | WIDTH: 15½ in

Origin France
Category Watercolors
Period 20th Century
Style Unspecified

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CONDITION: The work is colorfully framed in a modernistic way.

THB REF: 4872917437


"Despierre was highly regarded as a skilled watercolorist, and received the coveted Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 1958, as well as a Professorship at the Ecole des Art Decoratifs in Paris.
He had one man shows in Paris and overseas as of 1938, and participated innumerous group exhibitions in Paris, Tokyo, Mexico, Helsinki, Melbourne, Santiago, Sao Paolo, New Delhi and London, including a major show entitled ‘Dix Peintres autour de Jacques Villon’ at the Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice in 1961. He worked as an illustrator, and undertook many public projects for murals in and around Paris.
His painting can be categorized as belonging to the school of French Reconstructive Realism, inspired by procedures derived from Cubism, parceling out volume and space thanks to the geometrical disposition of facts on the picture surface. He never slipped into abstraction, but continued to depict people and landscapes with diversity of color and atmospheric effect.
Musee d ‘Art Moderne, Paris, Musees de St. Denis, de Limoges, Orleans, Narbonne, Fontainebleau, Honfleur, and Castres, France
Dictionnaire de la Peinture, Le Robert, Paris, 1975
Manuel de l’Amateur de Livres Illustres Modernes 1875-1975, Luc Monod, Neuchatel, 1992