20th-century French School large-scale oil on canvas signed Raymond Crétot Duval (1895-1986) in the lower righthand corner. The work has texture to the touch.
An Impressionist work made with a knife, this painting possesses a beautiful natural shine. The work is complex in its details, its shadows, and its reflections. It accomplishes transporting us to the south of France on a summer afternoon.
About the artist: Raymond Crétot Duval was a French painter, born in 1895 in Bordeaux. He painted the landscapes of the south of France, but his real success came from capturing the landscapes and towns of North Africa where he was deeply inspired by the light, the crowds and the Islamic architecture.
Duval moved to Tunis, but participated frequently in the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris as an official member. He exhibited regularly in Tunis, Constantine and Algiers, and after moving to Morocco, he exhibited in Rabat, Marrakech and Casablanca. From 1955 to 1963, he lived in Marseilles, before retiring to Bordeaux where he died in 1986.
- Overall size: 27.9" x 24" / 71cm x 61.5cm.
- Size without the frame: 21.6" x 17.7" / 55.5cm x 45.5cm.
- Country: France.
- Signed: Raymond Crétot Duval (1895-1986).
- Date: Mid-20th century.
- Condition: The canvas is in very good condition despite some small minor gaps. The wooden and stucco frame has linear gaps on the horizontal edges and marks in the four corners.
- Materials: Oil on canvas.
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