This marvelous piece was created by Marcel Gromaire (1892 - 1971) for the exhibition “Paris” which was held at the Gallerie Louis Carré for the 1958 Bastille Day celebration. The printer was Mourlot as noted at the center bottom.
Gromaire abandoned his early legal studies and became an artist, devoting himself to painting primarily ordinary people, his work often associated with Social Realism. However, the arc of his painting career displays many other influences as well - cubism, fauvism, expressionism, and even Art Deco. His paintings are exuberant and full of life. Gromaire’s career spanned that magic time when Paris was exploding with creative energy. Iconic artistic movements melded one into another as the world marched its way through two devastating wars into the modern era.
Gromaire’s works are in collections all over the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, MOMA in NY, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Harvard art Museum, Centre Pompidou-Musee National d’Art Moderne in Paris, as well as Museums in Belgium, Jerusalem, Lille, and Nantes. Gromaire was awarded the Carnegie Prize in 1952, the National Guggenheim Prize in 1956 and in 1958, and the Grand Pris National des Arts. He spent the last eighteen years of his life teaching at the School of Decorative Arts in Paris
This piece was painted by Gromaire in 1956 and chosen in 1958 by the Gallerie Louis Carré to represent the theme “Paris” for their Bastille Day celebration that year. The image depicts the city in the throes of glorious celebration with bunting, balloons, music, dancing crowds and the Eiffel Tower reaching skyward, blazing over all - a proud luminescent beacon. The French national colors of blue, white, and red are everywhere, the image is a love letter from Gromaire to Paris.
CONDITION is very good, framed under glass in a simple gold leaf wood frame. The frame shows some expected dings and scratches. Please look at the photographs. I have not had this piece out of its frame and the back dust cover has some rips - I’ll be happy to replace it for you, just ask when you put in your Purchase Order. Measures 28 ½” x 21” overall, with a sight size of 27” x 19 ½” - Weighs 5 lbs. 6 oz.
This is a wonderful image, it won’t be hard to find the perfect spot. Enjoy!