Charles Féola – Norvins Street in Paris – Circa 1945
Beautiful cityscape representation of Paris in winter, more precisely rue des Norvins in the heart of Montmartre, with the dome of the Sacré-Coeur basilica in the background. Oil on canvas painting with its original Montparnasse style frame in carved and gilded wood.
Charles Féola was a French painter, pupil and friend of Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955).
Born in Philippeville (today Skikda, Algeria) on May 13, 1917, Charles Féola showed a predisposition for drawing and painting at a very young age, teaching himself very early to paint with oils.
Mobilized in Tunisia in the Second World War, he took part in the fighting against the Afrika Korps; he was taken prisoner and quickly released. He eventually joined France and settled in Paris in 1942, more precisely in Montmartre. He attended several Parisian painting schools: the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in the Montparnasse district, the Frochot Academy in the Montmartre district, Lapeyre on the boulevard de Clichy. There he discovered the work of Fernand Herbo (1905-1995) who became his first Parisian master and who encouraged him to really work the paint, laying it thick on the canvas. It was also there that he met Maurice Utrillo in 1945 with whom he perfected his apprenticeship in painting.
His first period in Montmartre, like this painting in rue Norvins, is defined as darker, more tormented, but already shows a marked tendency toward contrast. With the use of white highlights, he will gradually lighten his painting and develop his approach to chiaroscuro.
From the beginning of the 1950s, Charles Féola shared his life between Montmartre and Argentat, in Corrèze, where he settled permanently in 1982. He died there in 1994.
Sources: Dictionnaire des peintres à Montmartre, Éditions André Roussard, 1999; Musée Labenche; Archives de France.
Artist: Charles Féola (1917-1994).
Signed in the lower left corner.
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: 54 x 65 cm. / 21 ¼ x 25 ½ in.
Frame: 81 X 91 cm. / 32 x 36 in. Wood, Montparnasse style. Very good condition.