VICTOR DI GESU

(American, 1914-1988)

STILL LIFE OF DAISIES

Oil on Board

17½ x 15 Inches

Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

Provenance:

Estate of Janet Ament, wife of the artist

 

An exuberant, Post-Impressionist still-life of wild daisies, shown informally arranged in a scarlet and jade glazed vase, set on an emerald green draped table beside a blue-and-white mug, and contrasted against a background of scumbled orchid. An exceptionally fine, mid-century work by this California Modernist and Carmel legend.

 

Winner of the Prix Othon Friesz, Victor di Gesu first attended the Chouinard Art School before moving to Paris where he studied with Andre L’Hote at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere. He subsequently attended the Escuela de Belles Artes in Barcelona before furthering his studies in Italy. Returning to California, he worked with a variety of artists including F. Tolles Chamberlain and Maynard Jepson.

 

An intuitive colorist, Di Gesu’s classical training and scientific research into color theory helped him create vivid yet harmonious works which, while reminiscent of Matisse and Gauguin, retained a verve and spontaneity that was uniquely his own. A prolific artist, Di Gesu was the recipient of numerous medals and juried awards, both in the United States and France. He exhibited widely and with success, including at the Louvre Museum and the Exposition des Artistes Etrangeres in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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