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Claude Benard
Lady with the Orange Hair, French Oil Painting

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Lady with the Orange Hair, French Oil Painting By French artist Claude Benard, (1926 - 2016) Signed by the artist on the top left hand corner of the painting, and signed verso Oil painting on canvas, unframed Canvas size: 22x18 inches Provenance: the artists estate, France Beautiful portrait of a lady with orange hair. Casually posed topless, with her book and necklace to style the setting. The colours used in this painting are truly exquisite - the fiery orange and turquoise against the grey background is so chic. Perfect for any stylish interior. Claude Benard was born in Cholet in 1926 but shortly after his family moved to Angouleme (1928), where he was to live until his death in 2016. Studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and also in the studios of Cheyssial and Fougerat. At the age of 21, he began exhibiting at the Salon des Artistes Francais. After time traveling to broaden his artistic experience he returned to his home town to continue painting professionally. He became a Professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Angouleme from 1957-1980. Benard exhibited with numerous prestigious institutions throughout France and abroad, including the Salon des Artistes Francais, Salon des Independants and the Salon d'Automne, Paris. He was the holder of more than seventy awards. In 1978, he founded the Cercle Angoumousin des Arts and in 1979 organised a Salon of Contemporary Art in Angouleme bringing together celebrated artists from the Charente region. His style evolved from figurative in the 1960's, through to Surrealism into the 1970's and onwards. Four tribute exhibitions of his works were held in Angouleme in 1972, 1984, 2001 and 2017. This is one of many paintings we have by this artist, please contact us if you wish to view more. provenance: the artists estate, France Condition report: The painting and canvas are both in very pleasing condition.

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