Michel Girard (French, b. 1939) is one of the leading French artists. His work has been sold primarily through galleries and at exhibits, so there is not a very accurate price history when one only looks at auction prices. His work is generally sold for between $2,000.00 and $10,000.00 or more. I have included his C. V. at the end of the listing. He is an important contemporary artist. This particular painting I find is splendid.
Country of Origin: France.
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Title: "Where the Fences Meet in Winter"
Size: 21 3/4 by 18 3/4 inches (55.2 x 47.6 cm); Framed (under glass) 28 1/2 by 25 by 2 1/2 inches.
Signed lower right: "M. Girard"
Condition: Unlined canvas. There appears to be no major visible condition issues to note. Not examined under UV exam.
Michel Girard was born in Montucon, France in 1939 and studied art at the Academie Charpentier and the Academie Julian. By the age of 20, he had already exhibited in Paris and Lyon. In 1960, his work began to be recognized internationally.He studied in Ecole Nationale des Arts Appliques and Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He began exhibiting his sculpture and drawings in the early 1970s and then his work started to enter private and public collections. He experimented with the meaning of public art and the "status of statue" and later, in the 1980s, he created several large-scale public art projects in forged steel on the decline of industrial era. He moved to New York in 1989, and the city provided new resources and materials for his work. In the last ten years he worked with memories of his childhood in occupied Paris during the Second World War making multi-media installations. He had more than fifty solo exhibitions in the galleries and museums in Europe, the United States, Japan, Korea, and Israel. Since 1980, Girard's work has continued to be shown around the world and honors have been numerous. Among the most prestigious, recognition has included the Grand Prize at the International Contemporary Art Festival in Monte Carlo, First Prize at the Salon des Artistes Francais and First Prize at the famed Salon d'Automne.
His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in the collections of: the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris: Musée Municipal d’Art Moderne, Paris; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Musee d’art ancien et contemporain, Epinal, France; Ixelles Museum, Brussels, Belgium; Ludwig Museum, Koblenz; Stadtische Kunsthalle Mannheim; Bremen Kunsthalle; Wilhelm Lehmbruch Museum, Duisburg, Germany; Galeria Degli Uffizi, Florence; Fattoria di Celle, Pistoia, Italy; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York; Arkansas Center for the Arts, Little Rock, Arkansas; Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Yale University Art Museum, Connecticut; Berkeley Art Museum; Pasadena School of Design Sculpture Park, California, among others. His large-scale outdoor sculptures are installed on public places in France, Unites States, Germany, Korea, Italy, Israel and Greece.
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