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Louis German

Louis German

Sailboat in the port of Cannes – Circa 1920

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Attractive watercolour depicting the arrival of a sailing boat in the port of Cannes, circa 1920. Signed in the lower right.

Edouard Louis German was born on 16 January 1863 in Carpentras (Vaucluse), a town near Avignon. Gifted at drawing, he worked in Vallauris (Provence) as a decorative painter on ceramics for Jérôme Massier, where he became head of the workshop. He moved to Cannes in 1906, where he devoted himself full-time to painting. His reputation spread and he gave lessons. His pupils included aristocratic figures who stayed on the Côte d'Azur, such as the Comtesse de Gérard and H.R.H. the Duchesse de Vendôme, sister of King Albert I of Belgium. An independent spirit and free thinker, he was a local correspondent of the Société Populaire des Beaux-arts at the beginning of the 20th century. He also set up a drawing school in Vallauris and took part in the A.B.A.C. (Association des Beaux-arts de Cannes) alongside Louis Pastour. Louis German died in Cannes on 3 August 1946.

His talent excelled in oil, gouache and even more so in watercolour, and in all genres: flowers, landscapes, seascapes, still lifes. The sea was his favourite theme, especially fishing boats, with stylised, dynamic characters. His works are not photographs; he studies light, transcribes reality, his feelings and his attachment to nature.

Artist: Louis German (1863-1946)
Signed in the lower right.
Medium: Watercolour on paper.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: 26 x 16 cm / 10 ¼ x 6 ¼ in (view).
Frame: 46 x 38 cm / 18 x 15 in. Giltwood. Very good condition.
Origin: France.
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