All the sun and the joie de vivre of the mediterranean in one large drawing! Dated 1959, the work evokes Brigitte Bardot, the French Riviera and French New Wave Cinema.
The artist is Dany Lartigue, son of photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue, Dany was brought up between Paris and Saint Tropez, which was still a fisherman’s village at the time. Although as an artist Dany worked from Montmartre studio, the Cote d’Azur of his childhood remained his spiritual home, and he returned there often. In Saint Tropez, by then fashionable, he would meet his friends Juliette Greco, Pablo Picasso, and Boris Vian.
Dany Lartigue’s art is down-to earth and irresistibly poetic at the same time. The artist’s sunny nature and zest for life shine through in the work presented here.
Dany Lartigue’s exhibited extensively. Internationally, he had one man shows with Waddington Galleries in Dublin and Montreal, with the British Council in London, as well as in Japan and in Germany. In France, he had one man shows at the mythical Galerie Maeght, where he also showed his work as part of the the group "Les Mains éblouies", which counted Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti, Alexander Calder and Antoni Tapies as members.
He exhibited at the Galerie Drouant-David (who at the same time also had the young Bernard Buffet under contract), and at other prestigious galleries in Paris, Toulon and Saint Tropez.
It is in Saint Tropez that the Dany Lartigue Museum (called “Butterfly House”) is located.The drawing offered here consists of two sheets of paper attached to each other - unsurprisingly, given the size. A horizontal line is hence visible about 5 inches from the top. The work of art was lovingly mounted on to canvas and a quality stretcher, probably immediately, or shortly after its creation. The picture is presented in its original very narrow artist's strip frame.
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