Oil on canvas painting of the streets in the oft-painted Montmartre section of Paris, 18" by 24" (25" by 31" framed), signed at lower right by the noted well listed French naive artist LOUIS PEYRAT (1905-1999). This is a classic scene that reminds of Maurice Utrillo, who, I read online, was a cousin of Peyrat (one painting in the auction record featured as its subject matter Utrillo's house). The muted color palette lends an austerity and understatement to this fine work. Peyrat was from the Limoges are (Limousin) of south-central France. He was trained as an architect. By 1948 he had exhibited locally and by 1961 had exhibited in Paris. Many of his 2,000 estimated paintings were sold in the United States. This example, likely dating to the late 1960's or early 1970's, is relatively large compared to many known works. There is circular large craquelure in the sky, as shown in several images, and the paint at extreme lower right edge well below the signature is flaking a bit (but not near the signature). Peyrat's works are still affordable and are underpriced.
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