Oil on Canvas 27 x 41 cm
This is a copy of a painting by the early 20th century French artist, Jean Puy (1876 - 1960), which I just completed for an atelier in Bordeaux. Born in Lyon, Jean Puy moved to Paris and exhibited at the Salon d'Automne in 1905. A hostile critic gave the name 'Fauvists' ('the wild beasts') to the painters exhibiting, and the label 'Fauvism' stuck. Puy befriended and was influenced by Matisse, Derain, Marquet, but was never more than mildly 'Fauvist.' He loved life and painted in bold joyful colours. At times he used simplified forms and produced an effect of blithe naivety.