A charming drawing of a village square and church, in graphite, a little wash, and perhaps chalk, on mellow, soft laid paper, 10 1/2" by 8 1/2" (17 1/4" by 13 1/2" in inexpensive modern framing), signed at lower right by the French artist and illustrator RENE ROUSSEL (1885-1962). The artist though undeniably talented, has unfortunately and unjustly become obscure, little known to today's collectors. It took an internet search to find his birth and death dates and assemble a biography of sorts. He was schooled at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts under J. L. Gerome in 1907, and exhibited his first work in 1910. Though he was talented in many media, and adeptly handled a wide range of subject matter, it seems to be his promotional illustration posters, many advertising tourism in various regions of France, and automobile racing, that have established his reputation. He apparently moved around France, with particular amount of time spent in its overlooked central regions such as Auvergne. With the exception of generalized foxing, his drawing is in good condition. The foxing does not overshadow the quality of the draftsmanship exhibited here. On the reverse backing is a partial label of Galerie.......(missing---might be "Galerie Jean Lafitte"---). Can be sent unframed, which should save a little on shipping.
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