Gouache and watercolor on paper laid on board, 9 5/8" by 17 1/4", unframed (protected in a plastic poster box), signed at lower left "Hayden" (HENRI HAYDEN, 1883-1970). This sunny scene incorporates seven figures, all laboring under the Mediterranean sun. One at right in red/white striped shirt is dealing with a bucket load of fish; the lady in yellow dress carries a basket of produce on her head; to her left, several people stoop or bend over, attending to their agricultural tasks. The view to the deep blue sea completes the composition, at right. Hayden was born of Jewish ancestry in Warsaw, Poland, and by 1907 was in Paris. Four years later he had his first one man exhibition at the Galerie Druet. By the outset of the Second World War, when he took refuge in the South of France, Hayden was friends with Picasso, Juan Gris, Lipchitz, Robert Delaunay, and no doubt countless other luminaries of the Paris art world. Today he is considered a School of Paris painter. In 2011 an oil by his hand brought $665,000 at auction ar Sotheby's Paris. The influence of Renoir, and Dufy, are visible in this drawing. It is in excellent, fresh condition, the colors vivid. A very, very small area in sky at upper right is flaked off; the miniscule flaw is lost in the composition. Presently unframed, with tape on reverse remaining from when it was framed. See the net for much more on this important French-Jewish artist.
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