Measuring 16 1/4" by 21 1/4" (23 1/2" by 28 1/2" in its attractive and clean modern gold frame with liner), this is a beautiful impressionistic painting in oil by the noted orientalist French painter LOUIS MICHEL BERNARD (1885-1962). The subject could be a sunwashed port in the mountainous south of France, or, possibly, in Algeria or elsewhere in coastal North Africa, where Bernard spent much time. The artist was a student of Cauvy at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Algiers. He exhibited at the Salon from 1913, the Salon d'Automne from 1919 to 1938 and the Salon des Independants from 1926 to 1938. Painting mostly landscapes, he accompanied the important post impressionist Albert Marquet in Kabylia and the Algerian South on painting expeditions. Today, Bernard's works appear often in French auctions of North African and orientalist paintings. Subject matter is often these ports or desert landscapes, usually sunwashed and arid, with carefully placed splashes of color. The present work is not titled. I would estimate it to date from the 1950's, perhaps, judging from the age of the stretcher and canvas. There is a red wax seal "V.B." on the reverse of the canvas---I'm thinking, possibly a collector's seal of some kind. Condition is excellent and with its contemporary presentable frame in excellent shape, this is ready for the wall. See the net for more examples of Bernard's work. .
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