Liseuses au Bord de Mer is an original wood engraving in colors by Robert Rey, after Francois Desnoyer (Fr. 1894-1972), circa 1950. The art measures 11 1/2″ x 9″; frame is 29″ x 23″; signed in pencil and numbered 69/150 by Francois Desnoyer ,and by, Robert Rey ; printed by Gerard Angiolini, Paris, published by L’Image Litteraire.
**Note: This is one of 12 wood engravings from the portfolio “Estampes” by Robert Rey, 1950. Rey was a professor of History of Art in the “Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts” in France. Edited by L’Image Litteraire, New York and printed by Gerard Angiolini, Paris. A rare and important work by some of the most important 20th century artists, the complete portfolio includes 12 wood engravings with an essay about each artist, a title page, an introduction by professor Rey, table of contents and text. Each print is hand signed and numbered by the artist and countersigned by Robert Rey.
Biography: François Desnoyer was a French visual artist who was born in Montauban, France in 1894.
He enrolled in l'École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1913 where he studied with Bourdelle. He later became a professor at that same school. He was mobilized in the infantry in World War One; he was wounded three times.
Beginning in 1922, Desnoyer exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Indépendants, and Salon d'Automne. He exhibited the Salon des Artistes de ce Temps in the group Gromaire-Lipchitz. Mr. Desnoyer was the official artist of the French navy.
Desnoyer had one-man shows at Galerie Drouant-David and Galerie Guiot. He exhibited at Marlborough Gallery and Adams Gallery in London.
He designed decorations for both l'Exhibition Universalle de Paris, 1925 and 1937, where he won a gold medal. He won many other important prizes including the Prix Blumenthal in 1933, Grand Prix at the Biennale de Menton in 1955, and gold medal at l'Exposition Universelle de Bruxelles.
Desnoyer synthesized Cubism and Fauvism, but he is defined by his use of unusual perspective. Like Gromaire and Goerg, his works between the wars are Expressionistic. His color palette and brush strokes have boldness, showing the strength of conviction that comes with an intimacy with his subjects. Whether painting a nude, a port scene or a portrait, Desnoyer's distinctive personality is evident.
Desnoyer's works are in many museums throughout France, including a gallery that is devoted to his works at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. His works can be found in museums in Prague and Madrid.Many works by the artist have been sold at auction, including 'Saint-Raphaël (Le port)' sold at Christie's Paris 'Impressionist and Modern Art' in 2005 for $45,960.
Francois Desnoyer, died in Perpignan Hospital, Perpignan, France, July 21, 1972, he was 77 years old.
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