SIGNED ORIGINAL POST- IMPRESSIONIST OIL on CANVAS. LANDSCAPE of FR EN CH SOUTHERN. COUNTRYSIDE with MOTHER & CHILD, CYPRESS.
& CEDAR TREES, RED TILE ROOFED. PROVINCIAL HOUSES, DIRT ROAD & DISTANT. MOUNTAINS, in ORIGINAL PERIOD WOODEN. [Featuring viscous, tactile, heavy impasto paint applied with both palette knife and artist's brushes].
Early 20th century, pre-WWII Fr en ch Post-Impressionist, heavy, impasto landscape oil paintings on canvas depicting Fr en ch rural life and Fr en ch provincial landscapes. Frame: 23 3/4" Height x 27 1/2" Width.
Image: 17 1/2" Height x 21" Width. Offered for your review and consideration is this estate fresh and only recently discovered in a well-appointed North Shore, Massachusetts home, early 20th century Fr en ch Post-Impressionist oil on canvas by the well-listed Fr en ch painter Gustave Vidal.
The painting was literally covered with layers of dust on its verso, which has since been carefully removed. The work is clearly signed by the artist in paint'Gustave Vidal' in the lower right corner of the pictorial field. The oil paint is heavily applied and has an impasto, highly tactile and viscous quality, being applied with both palette knives and brushes.
The scene is a favorite one of Vidal, being a provincial, rural, bucolic and eerily quiet view of the south of Fr an ce near the rise of the Fr en ch Alps, which can be seen on the horizon. A woman can be seen walking down a dirt road holding the hand of a young child with clusters of draught resistant cypress and cedar trees to the right, next to a red tiled country home, with another stucco sided and red tiled roof villa in the distance. Gustave Vidal and other early, as well as late Fr en ch Post-Impressionist painters favored the south of Fr an ce, not because of earlier visits by the Du t ch painter Vincent Van Gogh but because the south of Fr an ce, the rural, provincial portion, far away from the sprawling urban metropolis of Paris, never really seemed to have changed very much and still looked as if it was locked in time or at least with a 19th century appearance. With warm, glowing sunlight and dry, arid conditions in which to realize these'en plein aire' landscape paintings out-of-doors, the south of Fr an ce readily lent itself to these Fr en ch Post-Impressionist painters, such as Gustave Vidal, who wanted to capture this veritable'time-capsule' and to forever preserved the way slowed down, simple Fr en ch provincial life at least used to be, without dirt roads becoming paved with asphalt and automobiles traversing around everywhere, replacing omnipresent pedestrians and horse and carriages.
This pre-WWII oil on canvas is a scene often painted by Gustave Vidal, with its formal composition and figurative elements of rural buildings, trees that favored the southern Mediterranean climate and Fr en ch rural fold or farmers and their families, going about their business as if unnoticed. This intimate portrait of their now vanishing lives, is frozen in place and captured in paint for all to see. Van Gogh is said to have painted largely standing up, putting the entire force of his body into the work. I think the same can be said of Gustave Vidal.
The painting's surfaces are undamaged and there's no crazing, crackling, paint loss or repairs to the canvas, old or new. There's also no'in-painting' old or new. This is an absolutely untouched and estate fresh work of art and signed period oil on canvas that certainly could be professionally cleaned by trained, capable hands, in order not to'skin' it but to only remove the now fatigued original Damar varnish layer still covering the painting. We've elected to leave the oil painting as we found it and as it was discovered in the home, where it is said to have been for as long as anyone associated with the generational estate, could remember. Very Good to Excellent overall antique condition.Please scroll down the page below to view enlarged photos below. This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "modsanctuary" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.