Oil on canvas laid on a plywood panel, 16" by 20 1/4" (24" by 27" as framed), signed in capital letters at extreme bottom left corner and dated there "42" (possibly 49), by the noted French impressionist artist, illustrator and early film director MARCO DE GASTYNE (1889-1962). The landscape of lush emerald green fields, distant purple hills, and classic red roofs of a village is very appealing, the high-key colors very bright. A contemporary gold frame is very complementary. At least one very large work by the artist sold for over $70,000 at auction, and some of his works can be considered Symbolist. If the date be 1942, the cheery painting would have been painted during the darkest days of World War II, likely in the southern French countryside, but even if painted in 1949, it would have been created during the still austere immediate post-war years. Condition is excellent, with just one small craquelure present in mid sky.
The following was taken from Wikipedia: Marc Henri Benoist better known as Marco de Gastyne (born in Paris, France, on 15 July 1889; died in Paris on 8 November 1982) was a French painter, illustrator and later film director of more than fifteen films.
After studying painting, he worked at la Villa Médicis from 1911 to 1913. He also became an illustrator for the French journal La Baïonnette. Then he turned to cinema directing more than a dozen films between 1922 and 1962. His debut film co-directed with Franz Toussaint was Inch'Allah in 1922. His most known film is La Merveilleuse Vie de Jeanne d'Arc which he directed in 1929.
He discovered Dalida and promoted her in his film Le Masque de Toutankhamon in 1954.
He was the son of French writer Jules Benoist, better known by his literary name Jules de Gastyne and his brother was the chief designer Guy de Gastyne. In 1914, he married Mary Christian, a lyrical singer, and they had a daughter before divorcing after ten years of marriage. Soon after, he remarried in 1924 with Choura Miléna, an actress in his films.
Filmography Director 1922: Inch'Allah (co-directed with Franz Toussaint) 1923: À l'horizon du sud (also known as L'Aventure) 1925: La Blessure (also known as Les Ailes brûlées) 1926: La Châtelaine du Liban 1927: Madonna of the Sleeping Cars (co-directed with Maurice Gleize) 1928: Mon coeur au ralenti 1929: La Merveilleuse vie de Jeanne d'Arc (also known as La Merveilleuse vie de Jeanne d'Arc, fille de Lorraine) 1930: Une belle garce 1932: Une fine partie 1932: Le Chimpanzé 1932: Claudie dompteuse (also known as Mademoiselle Orphée) 1932: La Bête errante 1933: Rothchild 1935: Vas-y, tue-moi! 1937: La Reine des resquilleuses 1940: Une idée à l'eau (also known as L'Irrésistible Rebelle in a rerelease) 1950: Bistro 1955: Le Masque de Toutankhamon (also known as Le Trésor des pharaons) 1962: Trique, gamin de Paris 1964: Douchka Screenwriter 1923: À l'horizon du sud (also known as L'Aventure) 1927: La Madone des sleepings 1950: Bistro 1962: Trique, gamin de Paris 1964: Douchka
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