(1874 – 1968)
Title: “Printemps, Vallee de la Seine”
Date: circa 1910
Framed Size: Height 33 1/2 inches Width 38 1/4 inches
This noted French landscape artist was born to an affluent family on 2nd May 1874 in Troyes. At eleven years of age, Thibesart began study with family friend Venezuelan Impressionist master Emile Boggio. He embarked on his formal art education at the Lycee Rollin in Paris, and in 1894, entered the l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts and later studied with Jules Lefevre and Tony Robert Fleury at the Academie Julian.
Thibesart traveled extensively in Southern France, Switzerland, Belgium, Corsica and Italy, often painting with Emile Boggio and Henri Martin working in a subtle Post-Impressionist style. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais in Paris where he received a Silver Medal in 1922; at the Salon des Independants; and at the Salon d’Autonmne. His work is represented in public and private collections around the world including: Contemporary Art Gallery, Paris; Gallery Georges Petit, Paris; Galerie des Champs-Elysees, Paris; National Museum, Caracus, France; and Museum of Fine Arts, Troyes, France.
On the whole, the Impressionists tended to favour the clean light of day rather than the mistiness, but Raymond Thibesart flourished in this genre where he attains as always an exquisite result. Subtlety of colour combined with delicacy of brushwork is required and appropriate for the suggestion of objects taking dim shape through a veil of atmosphere. The faint warmth of spring is conveyed through colour and the most delicate of touch which only the true masters of art can convey. A plein air painter, he became a close friend of Claude Monet, and they would exchange paintings on each other’s birthday.
This superb example of Thibesart’s work is presented in pristine condition and is signed by the artist and inscribed verso.