ARMAND BERTON (LISTED FRENCH 1854-1927). PATIO BY TREE LINED STREET with TABLES AND CHAIRS, 7-7/8" x 5" watercolor and pencil on paper (framed size: 18-1/2" x 15") signed lower left. Painted Circa 1900-1915. PROVENANCE: Galerie Michael, Beverly Hills, California - this piece was $2500 at their gallery. Armand Berton was awarded both the Gold Medal of les Artistes Francais and appointed a *Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur in 1900. The work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Galerie Michael, Beverly Hills. Beautifully framed by Capitol Frames, a leader in high end exquisite hand crafted custom frames. The frame is a custom silver and green to pick up the colors of this lovely French painting! A few more things of interest in our research: One of the areas that Berton painted was in BARBIZON, FRANCE. We note that artist's frequented a café that was in Seine-et-Marne, Barbizon, France. There are picturesque Brasserie's still there today with similar store front patios. The artist could have been enjoying the cafe and painted the patio and road there. We also found that on occasion Berton painted miniatures including one of Napoleon Bonaparte. One of Berton's works which is Houses next to the Canal in Venice, Italy hangs in the Louvre. Davenport's Art Reference & Price Guide lists the artist's records up to $50,000. You can hang and enjoy this elegant painting and it will illuminate your home! CONDITION: Excellent condition!
Armand Berton was a French artist of the realist school. He was born in Paris in 1854 and gained his artistic training at the French Academy of the Arts, where he was a pupil of Millet and Cabanel. In 1882 he earned a medal for a painting. The artist was so prolific that the school later instituted an “Armand Berton Poussielgue” prize for talented artists, a highly prestigious award for artists. Interestingly, the artist was deaf.
Berton was best known as a painter of portraits and nudes. The artist painted in a realist style but often implemented Romantic notions of painting into his work. He depicted nudes and portraits, as well as mythical and Classical scenes of such subjects as Psyche. His soft, refined brushstrokes and dark, atmospheric palette define his work.
Berton has produced a large body of work and is acknowledged by the fine art community as a significant professional artist. Berton’s work has been exhibited throughout the world including Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and The Luxembourg Museum.
Source: Anderson Shea Art appraisals
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