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Eugène Decisy

French ( b.1866 - d.1936 )

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  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower right

Image size 21.1 inches x 25.2 inches ( 53.5cm x 64cm )
Frame size 24.8 inches x 29.3 inches ( 63cm x 74.5cm )

£8,495.00

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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art in the English county of Dorset, this original oil painting by the French artist Eugène Decisy dates from around 1905.
It is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary wooden frame (which is shown in these photographs).
The canvas and the painted surface have benefitted from cleaning, restoration and conservation, which was performed on our instruction, supervision and approval.
This antique painting is now in very good condition, defying its age. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
The painting is signed lower right.
According to a label removed from the original much dilapidated frame, the painting was exhibited at the Salon de Nancy. The label represents Maison Pottier (Fondée en 1802), Ch. Pottier. Emballeur – Packer. Spécialité pour Tableaux et Objets d'Art. 14, Rue Gaillon, Paris. Records show that Decisy was exhibiting and being successful in exhibitions in Nancy in 1907 and 1909.

Eugène Decisy was a highly acclaimed French painter, illustrator and engraver. He was born in Metz, Moselle, on 5 February 1866, the son of Jean-Louis Decisy and Marie-Elia Aubertin. He became a student of Émile Boilvin, William Bouguereau, Victor Gilbert, Charles Courtry and Tony Robert-Fleury. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1886 to 1893.

In 1894 he married Joséphine Alexina Thonus with whom he had a daughter, Élisa Élizabeth. In 1898 he was elected a member of the National Society of French Arts. He took part in the Universal Exhibition of 1900, where he won a silver medal. In 1907 he exhibited at the Salon de Nancy with a painting entitled ‘The Little Fish will become Big’, and two engravings and then in 1909 with his painting ‘Fishing Party’ and nine engravings.

He is also known for illustrating various classic works of French literature with his colour engravings. In recognition of his artistic contributions in 1910 he was named Knight of the Legion of Honour.

Decisy died at Orly-sur-Morin on 3 July 1936, aged 70.

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This delightful original oil on canvas work is an excellent example of Decisy’s work. It is signed by the artist in the lower right section. This painting depicts a couple dressed in the middle-class attire of the very early twentieth century. They are on a verdant riverbank, where he is supposed to be fishing. His rod has been left dangling into the water, whilst he reclines on his side under the shade of an open umbrella. He has removed his hat and is trying to rest. His female companion has other ideas however and is gently tickling his nose with a long blade of grass. She is smiling and is clearly amused at her attempts of distraction. This is a beautiful scene, of youth and good humour, reminiscent of quiet sunny afternoons and a time of simple pleasures. A real delight!