THE YOUNG FLOWER SELLER
Oil on Canvas
38 ¾ x 28 ½ Inches
Signed Lower Left, ‘E. d’Aoust’
Born in Belgium, Enrique d’Aoust first studied there at the Academy of Design in Verviers and, later, at the Institut Saint-Luc in Liège. D’Aoust exhibited in Spain and Belgium, including at the Syra Galleries in Barcelona. He subsequently settled in Spain, working as a professor of French and German language. In 1940 he became an exile from fascist Spain and immigrated to Mexico, where he devoted himself entirely to painting. He was influenced both by his studies under Julio Romero de Torres and his admiration of Diego Rivera. His work was well-received in Mexico and he exhibited widely and with success, including at the Foyer del Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Círculo de Bellas Artes and the Fiesta de la Flor, among others. D’Aoust’s work is held in the permanent collections of national museums in Spain and Mexico, including the Museo de l’Emporadà in Figueres. We are pleased to offer this exceptional example of the artist’s work, painted at the height of his powers. Against a stunning background of flowers, the young girl engages the viewer with both candor and humor.
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