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André Boyer (1909-1981)

André Boyer (1909-1981)

A Montmartre Cityscape

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Georges Courteline’s Home in Montmartre - 1958

Oil on canvas painting representing a view of writer Georges Courteline’s home at 89 rue Lepic, in the heart of Montmartre. Many famous artists and writers have resided on this street over the years, including Vincent Van Gogh with his brother Leo, Charles Léandre, Adolphe Willette and Félix Ziem, among others. It is also along this narrow Parisian street that Louis Renault built his first automobile in 1898. With its original Montparnasse-style frame, a label and a stamp on the back indicate that this painting was exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1958. 

André Boyer was a French painter, illustrator and cabinetmaker-decorator, born in Paris on April 15, 1909 and died in Courbevoie (Hauts-de-Seine) on June 2, 1981. Son of a single mother, he trained and worked as a cabinetmaker well into the 1940s, creating Art Deco-style furniture, which is very sought-after nowadays. Having alternated his career with painting for years, he devoted himself fully to painting from 1950. Pertaining to the New School of Paris, he was a regular painter in the Montmartre quarter, where he drew inspiration for many of his works. These stand out for their great strength and energy, and use of bold, heavy strokes in the style of Marcel Utrillo. Later, he depicted several scenes of the boulevards of Paris, set in the Belle Époque period. His works are highly sought after by collectors, especially in the United States.

Georges Victor Marcel Moinaux or Moineau, known as Georges Courteline, was a French novelist, poet and playwright, born June 25, 1858 in Tours and died June 25, 1929 in Paris. Son of the writer Jules Moinaux, Courteline stood out in the field of aphorism and his romantic or theatrical works are characterized by his strong satirical vein, often irreverent towards the hypocritical Parisian bourgeois society to which he himself belonged and knew so well.

Source: Wikipedia; Archives de France.

Artist: André Boyer (1909-1981).
Signed in the lower right corner.
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: 67 x 54 cm. / 26 ¼ x 21 ¼ in.
Frame: Unframed.
Origin: France. 

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