Listed Artist RAYMOND BESSE (1899-1969) OIL PAINTING ~ L'Ile St Denis PARIS FRANCE
Vintage Mid Century Parisian French European STREET SCENE Impasto OIL PAINTING on Cardboard. Signed and Framed with painted wood frame.
Not easy to read, but Verso appears to state this is L'Hotel dans la Ruelle (Hotel in the Alley), L'Ile St Denis (a little island neighborhood of Paris, literally The Isle of Saint Denis).
- Signed lower right - Raymond Besse
- Verso - See above title. Also signed R Besse
- Measurements (WxHxD):
- Framed - 11 x 14.75 x 0.875 inches
- Painting - 9.5 x 13 inches
- Condition: See photos and use zoom to fully evaluate condition. Frame has a few tiny nicks/spots paint loss. A few black specks near top edge of painting. Moisture stain on back of painting on bottom edge which has not affected the front of the painting. Painting needs to be better secured in frame.
About the Artist
Raymond Besse was born in Niort, Deux-Sèvres on December 26, 1899, moving to Paris in 1916. He exhibited for the first time in the Salon des Indépendants in 1923. He then continued to exhibit his works in many other exhibitions and salons, among them the Salon d'Automne.
Raymond Besse was known for his thickly painted depictions of Parisian streets. Reminiscent to the works of Maurice Utrillo and Maurice de Vlamnick, he conveyed volume and mood through the density of paint. Raymond Besse's themes of blue-collar Paris neighborhoods, associated to gloomy snowy weather make his artworks often dark and sad and as a result disregarded by many. Those paintings give a perfect picture of the life in the suburbs of Paris during the first part of the 20th century, far from the idyllic and colorful pictures left by artists like Édouard Cortès (1882–1969), Antoine Blanchard (1910–1988) and Eugène Galien-Laloue (1854–1941).
The artist also painted many works about Tunisia, Normandy, villages in the Yonne area, and landscapes around Moret-sur-Loing. Raymond Besse finally moved to the Loire area at the end of his life, and he died in Candé-sur-Beuvron, Loir-et-Cher on March 5, 1969.