Very large (48" by 48", unframed), decorative, attention-getting oil on canvas of a family of three musician performers in a park setting, painted in a humorous fashion, the family in costume and appearing clown-like, by the French mid century impressionist artist ROGER ETIENNE (1922-). The painting is titled on the reverse "Jour de Fete" (Holiday), inscribed "Pour Renon", and signed by the artist and dated 1972. This is probably the largest work I have ever seen by this French artist, and perhaps one of his best. Etienne is known for mid century drawings of young nudes and clowns, and big eyed children, with French newspaper often incorporated into the image, collage style. Etienne was a prolific artist who spent his later years in Los Angeles and Southern California, which is why many examples appear here. He is said to have worked for four years in the Picasso Workshop, and is credited by some with having worked under Marc Chagall, on the Paris Opera House project. It appears that the artist is often confused by collector, dealer and auction house alike with the French painter Etienne Ret (1900-1996), some of whose works bear some resemblance to those of Roger Etienne. The painting's surface has a number of sticky areas. It came out of a cluttered Los Angeles estate. In the course of storage, it might have been protectively wrapped in thin white paper, which over time came to adhere to the sticky surface in places. This accounts for the white areas at bottom, and some horizontal and vertical white lines, as seen in several of the images provided. Careful work and a little patience I think would result in safe removal of all the sticking paper. I've peeled off some of it even since the photos were taken, without doing any damage to the underlying painting itself. So do not be put off by the sticking paper---this is a temporary and correctable situation. There is a gallery label on the reverse from C. Bernheim et Fils, Paris. Shipping wizard figures are only guesstimates; due to the large size, the shipping could be somewhat costly, but email me for more detailed and accurate figures, or to discuss more economical options. Local pick up in Southern California would be ideal.
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