Attractive portrait of a young girl, painted in Pontoise (near Paris) in 1937.
French Painter, miniaturist, lighting specialist. Local figures, portraits, scenes with figures, industrial landscapes. and Orientalism.
Raymond Tellier was born 9 August 1897, in Paris, and died 5 September 1985, in Douai (Hauts-de-France). He studied initially at the École des Beaux-Arts in Douai and then in Lille. In Paris he studied under Fernand Cormon, Émile Renard and P. Laurens. He was a highly regarded portrait artist and although he painted a variety of subjects it is perhaps in his local scenes with figures that he best develops his narrative quality full of charm and humour.
He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français from 1920, receiving a silver medal in 1921. He was awarded the Prix Théodore Rally the same year and the Prix Bernheim de Villers in 1928. He also exhibited in Douai and Lille. Between 1926 and 1930, he was awarded the Prix Rouge de l'Institut for illumination, miniatures and painting on a number of occasions. He executed some large decorative works for the BNCI in Amiens for which he won the gold medal at the Salon of 1931 and the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris. This enabled him to travel for a year in North Africa and he returned from this visit with some valuable work.
He was also awarded the Prix de l'Afrique Occidentale Française (the French West Africa prize). He spent some time in French West Africa and decorated the governor's palace in Dakar. In 1936, he made a trip to England. He received a gold medal at the Paris Exhibition Internationale of 1937 for his fresco on French Sudan. In 1938 he executed frescoes in secondary schools in Douai. After winning the Prix de l'Afrique Équatoriale Française (French Equatorial Africa prize), he visited the region. In 1948 he received the Prix de l'Institut for his portrait of Gustave Courtois. In all, he received nine awards from the Institut de France. He received numerous other prizes and bursaries that allowed him to travel in Tunisia, Equatorial and West Africa and to Madagascar. He also received the Morocco prize in 1953. Died 5 September 1985, in Douai (Hauts-de-France).
Tellier’s works are included in several museum collections: Arrais, Calais, Cambrai, Douai, Paris, Péronne and Saint-Quentin.
Source: Benezit Dictionary of Artists.
Artist: Raymond Tellier (1897-1985).
Signed and dated 1937.
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: 46 x 38 cm. / 18 x 15 in.
Frame: 58 x 50 cm. / 23 x 19 1/2 in. Gilt wood, good condition.