Pon the Cat

Françoise Boudet

French ( b.1925 - d.2012 )

Pon the Cat

  • Charcoal on paper
  • Signed lower right

Image size 23.6 inches x 18.7 inches ( 60cm x 47.5cm )
Frame size 30.3 inches x 25.4 inches ( 77cm x 64.5cm )

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Sold by Big Sky Fine Art; this original charcoal drawing by Françoise Boudet dating from the 1950s.
The drawing is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary frame and behind glass.
The drawing is from the estate of the artist Derek Hill 1916 – 2000, an influential mentor and director of the British School in Rome. The drawing carries a dedication to Derek Hill.

Françoise Boudet was a talented French artist, born on 20th September 1925.
She demonstrated her abilities at an early age and attended the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris to study art. In 1950 she was co-winner of the prestigious Premier Grand Prix de Rome. She spent from 1951 to 1954 at the Villa Medici. In 1956 she was the winner of the Case de Velázquez in Madrid.

She held a Higher National Diploma in Visual Arts. From 1960-1948 she was a teacher the École de Beaux Arts in Valenciennes, and was known to her students as a woman of great kindness.

Françoise Boudet produced many murals and pieces of decorative art, which adorn a variety of important buildings in France. Her work was exhibited regularly, including in Lyon, Milan, Rome, Paris and London.

Today, her work is held in public collections in the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, the National Fund of Contemporary Art, the Glebe Gallery, Donegal and the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate.

We have been contacted by a member of her family, who informs us the she was very fond of nature and animals, and took in several abandoned cats; one of these was Pon Pon (full name), who is featured here. The family member also confirms the association with Derek Hill during her time in Rome.

Françoise Boudet died on 20th June 2012.