Gerard Mortier (French, b. 1951), "La Vente Des Moules", 2010. Signed by the artist on the lower right. Title handwritten on stretcher bar. A beautiful oil on canvas painting presenting a mesmerizing scene of a bustling Parisian art market. The luminescent immaculate blue and white awnings, and brilliant yellow and pink umbrellas are typical of Gerard’s work. Using a thick application of paint with a palette knife and brush, impasto style, and large vertical and horizontal planes of brilliant color, he makes this urban scene come to life. Size: 32" W x 24" H (81.3 cm x 61 cm)
Born in 1951 in Boulogne sur Mer, France, Gerard Mortier has been dubbed the "Ambassador of the Opal Coast" and most of his works depict lands on the English Channel - palpably capturing the power of the wind and sea that characterize this region of France. In addition, Mortier depicts various locales when traveling. When not traveling, Gerard also finds subjects to paint in the tranquil garden of his rustic country home in the northern part of his country.
Gerard Mortier's recent exhibits include: Joel Dupuis – Hardelot, France (permanent); Vent des Cimes – Grenoble, France (permanent); Prestige – Montreux, Switzerland (permanent); Smith-Klein Gallery, Boulder, Colorado, USA (permanent); Ramesh Art Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Gallery Oil and Water, London, England
In addition, Gerard Mortier appeared on national French television on May 10, 2015. To see the feature, follow this link: https://www.lci.fr/france/zoom-sur-le-cap-gris-nez-le-cap-blanc-nez-et-leurs-falaises-majestueuses-1200456.html - Mortier appears at minute 4:00. Mortier also appeared on "Vous Etes Formidables" (You Are Fabulous), a nationally broadcast show on July 5, 2018; you may see the interview at about minute 7 on this link: https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/hauts-de-france/emissions/vous-etes-formidables
Provenance: private Boulder, Colorado, USA collection
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