Superb 20th century painting depicting a farmyard and whitewashed rustic buildings with thatched roofs. A closer look reveals a rooster perched on a low structure. One of the artist’s earlier works, this was probably painted in the early 1930s. The style and techniques used recall some of Kandinsky’s subdued post-impressionist works, such as Park von Saint-Cloud, or especially Schwabing, Wintersonne.
Jean Ransy (Baulers, 1910 - Jumet, 1991), was a Belgian painter. Sometimes described as a surrealist painter, he was also known as a painter of fantasy. Mediocre student, he began to study art at l’École Industrielle de Gosselies, and later continued his training at to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels. He formed, alongside Gustave Camus, part of the Hainaut Cinq (Hainaut Five) and for over 50 years was a central figure on the Hainaut region’s artistic scene. He was a very prolific painter. In 1955, he was awarded the Hainaut Prize. After his death, the Jean and Irene Ransy Prize for Figurative Arts has been awarded yearly in Hainaut to promising artists from the region. Many of his works are on exhibit at Brussels and Charleroi museums and are habitually sold at auctions houses such as Vanderkindere, Horta and Christie’s.
Artist: Signed J. Ransy in lower right corner.
Medium: Oil on wood.
Condition: Excellent condition.
Dimensions: 40 x 50 cm. / 16 x 20 in.
Frame: 50 x 60 cm. / 20 x 24 in. Original bronze painted wood frame.