FIGURES BY A LAKE
Oil on Canvas
19⅝ x 25¼ Inches
Signed Lower Left
Titled Verso "Fete Dans un Parc"
A substantial mid-twentieth century figural landscape with young women conversing beneath trees by a lake.
This notable French-Belgian artist was primarily self-taught and learned his techniques by studying the works of the old masters and, particularly, his favorite artists, Antoine Watteau and Camille Corot. From 1942 onwards, he exhibited with success at the Salon in Paris and also internationally, including in the United States where he was the subject of numerous one-man shows by Wally Findlay Galleries in Chicago, New York and Palm Beach. Cambier developed a characteristic style which combined the painterly brushwork of Corot with the idyllic, Fête Champêtre, subjects of Watteau. Over a long career, Cambier was the recipient of numerous medals, prizes and awards including, in 1957, the Prix de la Jeune Peinture in Paris. The artist favoured a scrupulously descriptive technique, painting subjects inspired by the pleasure of living, with a predilection for young women bedecked with garlands. His meticulous, yet lyrical, style also lent itself to portraiture and he became a celebrated society painter of sitters that included Princess Grace of Monaco, Winston Churchill, Ingrid Bergman and Edward G. Robinson. We are pleased to offer this large, and characteristically delicate, example of the artist's work which, happily, retains its period frame.
Dimensions including frame: 31"H x 36¼"W x 2¼"D
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