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Jean-Baptiste Fourt – View of a Village, 1948

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Born in Besançon (Doubs department) in 1924, Jean-Baptiste Fourt began his artistic studies at the Besançon School of Fine Arts before the war. In 1944 he met Jean-Pierre Chabrol while both were members of the French Resistance movement (Francs-Tireurs and Partisans Français – FTPF). Together, they joined the 1st French army under the orders of General Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, where Fourt was an elite sniper. After the War, he completed his training at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

For a time he taught drawing in Pavillons-sous-Bois (east Paris) and lived in the nearby suburb of Chelles. With his friends and neighbours Bernard Clavel, Herve Bazin and Armand Lanoux, he formed the “band of four”, who met occasionally in Courcelles-La-Roue, often at the table of his old friend Chabrol. He appreciated the hamlet for its peaceful character and its preserved natural setting, ideal for painting, and moved there in 1972.  He taught at a local secondary school while continuing to draw and paint.

Setting himself very high standards and shying from notoriety, he voluntarily chooses to exhibit only locally, and quite rarely, at the Commanderie of the Knights Templar, at the Capuchin Hall, and at La Moderne in Saint -Cyr.

His work is distinguished by an approach to nature between abstraction and figurative suggestion. His style was original and assertive, just like his character, which pushed him to refuse any official profession and the worldliness of vernissages. He died in Saint-Cyr-sur-Morin in 1998.

Source: Extract – Promenades-découvertes en vallée du Petit Morin, Éditions Terroirs

 

Artist: Jean-Baptiste Fourt (1924 – 1998).

Signed and dated in lower right corner.

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Condition: Very good condition.

Dimensions: 46 x 38 cm. / 18 x 15 in.

Frame: 69 x 61 cm. / 27 x 24 in. Original. Wood, Montparnasse style.

Provenance: Rouen, France.

 

Price:  CAD 490