We love to bring you works by French artists who were active during the Art Deco period and garnered fine reputations in Europe, but may not have been known in the United States. Alfred Cluzeau is one of them. Known for his lovely landscapes, the one we are offering is oil on canvas, circa 1930. Its earthy tones focus on a journey to what reminds me of a fairy tale castle. Charming and dramatic!
Cluzeau was born in Périgueux (Dordogne) in 1890 and died in 1984. He served as the deputy secretary of the Society of Artists and Composers of the Administration in 1923 and 1924. Daladier, the Minister of Education and Fine Arts, named Cluzeau an officer of that administration in 1926 and an Officer of Public Instruction for the service rendered to the Arts in 1935. Alfred Cluzeau has painted many landscapes of the region of Coye-la-Forêt, where this painting originated, and it was he who created the exhibition of Beautiful Arts of Coye-la Forêt, begun by the Salon of French Artists in 1939. This canvas is a good-sized 61 cm by 50 cm and is stretched and ready to frame. Signed lower right corner.