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Sunlit Regatta, South of France


Born 1922

Title:   "Sunlit Regatta, South of France"

Date:   c. 1955

Size:   Height 34 inches         Width 49 1/2 inches (framed) 

André Cottavoz was born in 1922 in Saint-Marcellin, France. He was passionate about painting from an early age, and his mother encouraged him to continue to pursue his love. He began his art studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, France from where he graduated in 1945. At the end of World War II after a group show at Silk City in 1948 Cottavoz, along with Pierre Coquet who also attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, helped to found a group of painters who called themselves Noisme (or Sanzisme in French). This group was also referred to as the Lyon School of New Figuration. The group was comprised of those artists under the age of 30 whose sole purpose was to paint “in the light”. In 1953 Cottavoz was awarded the Fénénon Prize by the University of Paris. Such a commendation served to boost the reputation of Cottavoz. A close friendship with the Japanese art dealer Kiyoshi Tamenaga whom he met in 1957 opened doors to Japan for Cottavoz. Tamenaga hosted numerous exhibitions at his gallery in Tokyo of works by Cottavoz.

Cottavoz excelled with his paintings which showed his passion and his artistic strength. They are vivacious, expressive and enthusiastic. In the present work depicting a regatta and parade, all the identifying features are present in this work -- the brilliant warmth of summer sunlight and bold color freely executed.

Cottavoz exhibited widely, including in Paris, Lyon and Nice, France and in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. He was awarded the following prizes: National Painting Prize Scholarship, 1949; the Menton Biennial Prize 1950; and the Fénénon Prize 1953. His works may be found in numerous museums, including: The National Museum of Modern Art, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon; Luxembourg Museum, Paris; and the Tokyo Museum of Art.

This wonderful example of his work is presented in excellent condition and is signed by the artist.