French ( b.1932 )
|Image size||10.6 inches x 17.5 inches ( 27cm x 44.5cm )|
|Frame size||13.6 inches x 20.5 inches ( 34.5cm x 52cm )|
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Serge Labégorre, dating from the 1970s.
The work is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary frame (which is shown in these photographs). The painted surfaces and canvas have benefitted from cleaning and conservation, which took place in 2015 on our instructions.
Serge Labégorre is one of the most important painters of the French contemporary expressionism.
He was born in 1932 in Talence near Bordeaux, and spent his childhood living over a large hardware store in a small town called Bordeaux Libourne. There he mingled amongst the multitude of “treasures” and his imagination was fired! He first drew from illustrations in magazines, but did not receive much encouragement. Then at the Libourne High School he found Henri Charnay, a genius of an art teacher and young Labégorre was soon totally inspired by the new world of contemporary art that he discovered.
In 1945 he suffered from a serious illness, mycobacterium tuberculosis, which was common at the time, and he went to stay with a great uncle and his wife, who lived in a large house with servants at Langon. From this point, with time on his hands, he began to paint daily. He developed an obsession with figures and in particular faces, which he drew using the people around him as models. He has spoken of his wonderment at realising that every face is unique, and captures a person’s past, that a face can be read as a kind of geography of the person, and he developed a very humanistic philosophy. He began a career in art that has never really ceased.
From his initial shows he has gone on to star in numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the world, including France, Germany, USA, Great Britain, Israel, Japan and Portugal.
He now lives and works in Fronsac, in Gioronde on the banks of the Dordogne.
Today his paintings can be found in significant private and public collections, including institutions in Toulouse, Tokyo, Geneva, Brussels, Paris, London and Zurich.
There is an endowment fund dedicated to him, established in Seignosse in the south of the Landes region in Aquitaine. It is chaired by his daughter Sophie, and shows his works permanently.
This original painting is a bold piece indeed! It shows a community building, probably a Church or Town Hall, with a tower rising to a silver point. The lines of the building are thick and heavy, almost demonstrating its construction. To the side is a telegraph pole, to the foreground an expanse of green grass. The sky is a clear vibrant turquoise, brought out by the splash of bright yellow on the side of the building. This is confident contemporary painting by a passionate artist.