This is a huge absolutely attention-getting artwork by a French artist whose work one sees in select art galleries around the United States and Europe, selling for many thousands of dollars. It is sensuous and grabs you emotionally. Will you see exactly the same as I do? The nudity, interplay, and the interpretation that we each give to it will be unique. It is a very heavy carved wood tryptich, that has a feeling of linkage through the three pieces of perhaps the primitive progressing to the modern. An amazing piece. Gaugy has a signature style that has become known as Linear Expressionism. He carves figures that are rhythmic and flowing, with wonderful extremes of colors. The results are internationally admired and collected. (A bit about his training at the end of the listing, which will help you understand his incredible mastery of carving mixed with painting).
Size: 31" by 54 1/2" as hung.
Condition: Very Good.
About Jean-Claude Gaugy - His works are internationally admired and collected. Jean-Claude Gaugy was born on July 7, 1944 in the Jura region of France. At fourteen he left home and lived on the streets of Paris. He learned he could make money by drawing portraits of people on the street. He was hired by a famous Paris restauranteur to sketch portraits of the restaurants patrons. The restaurant owner sent the young Gaugy to school during the day. He attended the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts.
At age 15, while working at the restaurant, he met Salvador Dali who arranged Gaugy's first gallery exhibit at Galerie de Seine.
Gaugy continued to show his work and attend school. He did his advanced studies at the Academie Julien and Academie du Feu. After meeting the Soviet ambassador to Paris at an opening, Gaugy had museum exhibitions in St Petersburg and Moscow.
Gaugy spent two years in the military serving in Africa. The experience so affected him that upon his return to France he spent time at a monastery and considered a monastic life. He eventually returned to art and again returned to school at the School of Design in Rome and a wood carving school in Oberammergau, Germany. The artist then returned to Moscow to attend the sculpture school.
Gaugy apprenticed with Henry Moore in England and shared a studio with Bernard Buffet in Paris.
In 1966 Jean-Claude Gaugy married an American art student and moved to the United States. In 1969 he and his wife moved to San Francisco where he began wood carving scenes from San Francisco. Eventually Gaugy began adding paint to his carvings.
The following is a list of his training.
School of Sculpture Moscow, Russia
Academie du Feu Paris, France
School of Design Rome, Italy
School of Woodcarving Oberammergau, Germany
L'Ecole de Beaux Arts Paris, France
Academie Julian Paris, France
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