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André Bauchant (1873-1958)
Lot 544 Details
André Bauchant (1873-1958), French
FÊTE CHAMPÊTRE, 1946
Oil on canvas; signed and dated 1946 lower left. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Madame Francoise Bauchant, niece of the artist, dated at le Boulay, France on 09/11/2018 contained in a white folder with Bauchant's name on cover, and together with a typed description of the scene
This work is recorded in the Association les Amis d'André Bauchant, as No. 46.091.
19.7 x 25.6 in — 50 x 65 cm
By descent through the family, originally from Italy and France, then brought with them when the father immigrated to North America and given to the present
Private Collection, Verdun, PQ
Along with the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity, Madame Bauchant provided this commentary about this lot (translated from French):
"This painting from 1946, painted after the war, represents a celebration in Old Town – we can recognize the shops and characteristic half-timbered houses. In the middle of the painting is a carousel/ride where we can distinguish only the orange top. Behind the ride, there is a white tower found in a small part of Old Town: Place Saint Pierre Le Puellier.
The painting is very representative of a certain number of works by André Bauchant.
1. A typical Touraine sky (cloudy);
2. A background of very colourful Touraine houses;
3. A large/important crowd;
4. And standing out in the foreground, identifiable characters including:
-In the background, on the left, likely on a platform, a man standing in a green suit, tie and top hat; a street peddler or a magician, beside a woman – his assistant?;
-In the middle, a dancing couple;
-To the right of the couple, 4 young men in caps;
-To their right, a group of young women surround a seated woman. She seems to be reading the fortune/palm of the large young woman in a red skirt with a green bodice and loose hair. The others must be waiting their turn;
-To the left, a bourgeois couple. The man is in a dark suit and a hat; the woman is in a belted blue dress and a bonnet;
Beside them, 4 young children;
-On the bottom of the painting to the right, an old woman crouching with a wicker basket and seemingly broken bottles?;
-In front, a man and a woman seem quite tipsy;
-To the left, a man slouching. André Bauchant often dresses his characters in bright colours. These clothing are reminiscent of a Middle Ages fantasy…;
The Touraine and the Old Town were sources of inspiration for André Bauchant.