ALAIN BONNEFOIT (French, born 1937) is known as Europe's most renowned painter of nudes. His trademark female nudes reflect both Western and Eastern art historical influences. From 1953 he attended the École des Arts Appliqués, from 1956 the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and from 1959 also the École des Beaux Arts in Brussels Engraving and Sculpture Department. In 1961 he began a two year period in the studio of the sculptor Antoniucci Volti who would become his maestro in both art and life. (Volti studied under Auguste Rodin, a modern master of glorified human form). In 1964 he arrived at the form of expression that later made him famous: the female nude. In 1965 he moved to Tuscany but kept on his studio in Paris.
“One should always avoid blocked, stunted, inhibited, breathless gestures,” Bonnefoit says. “As in martial arts, the quality of breathing is essential for achievement.” Bonnefoit paints in an Impressionist style.
Rome, Japan, E. U. Galleries. Vascoeuil Castle in France (canvas and panels) 1996. F. Portal in St Jean de Luz 1996/1997. Fine Arts in Luxembourg in 1999. The Tovolozza Castiglioncello 2001. Leadouze in Paris 1999. The Hermitage Le Touquet 1995. Praetorian Palace in Italy 1996 Saint Hubert in Lyon 1997. Shinsegae in Korea 1997. Tolhuis Belgium 1996. Retrospective . Latour Gallery in Martigny in Switzerland of the period of the years 1965-1995.
In the research I have done, galleries are pricing works comparable to this from $8,000.00 to $18,000.00. His high reported price at a public sale is over $8,000.00.
We have priced this very low for an original signed oil of a nude by Bonnefoit.
Artist: Alain Bonnefoit, French (born 1937)
Medium: Oil on Canvas,
Size: 12 by 24 inches; Framed 22 1/2 by 34 1/4 inches.
Very good condition.
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