Philippe Auge is known for his dream-like paintings of women, placed in surrealistic settings, as well as still life works featuring fleshy fruits; sometimes, both elements are combined in one painting. The women which so inspire the artist are often ethereal, thin, and elegan, surrounded by equally elegant decorative props. Auge was born in 1935. While still young, he traveled in Italy and Greece, absorbing the art of the Renaissance, which eventually came to be incorporated into his style. In the course of his life, the artist has worked in high fashion and fabric design, costume and scenery design for the stage, and photography. In the 1950's, Georges Braque encouraged and counseled the young Auge. His first exhibition was in 1959, in London, and he then went on to have exhibitions in numerous American cities as well. Many paintings that have appeared in the auction market in recent years were originally offered through the prestigious Wally Findlay Galleries. In the second half of the century, Findlay's venues in New York, Chicago and Palm Beach often served as points of introduction in the United States for Ecole de Paris and other contemporary and modern artists. This particular example measures 28 1/2" by 19" and 39" by 30" with the wide frame. The colors are subdued and rather monochromatic. As shown in the images, there are a number of areas of flaking and paint loss, which should be easily addressed by restoration.
Still life painting of fruits by French surrealist artist Philippe Auge (1935- )