Gaston Bertrand
Vésubie II, 1964
Oil on canevas
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Inv. 7117


Gaston Bertrand (Wonck / Bassenge 1910 - Uccle / Brussels 1994)
As a co-founder of the young Belgian painting (1945-1948), Gaston Bertrand pursues a new living art which testifies to a great deal of freedom in terms of colours. In the early 1950s, It evolves towards a schematic geometric style, increasingly abstract, in which the line plays an essential role. Vésubie II testifies of its predilection for a cool and refined colour (silver, white, light yellow and grey) and the economy of painting. Spiritual, rigorous but refined; such are the qualities of his work. The artist has resided for a long time in the South of France. In this canvas, which refers to the river Vésubie it evokes the strong shadows in the narrow streets of the villages of the Provence and the gorges that cut the rocky and wild nature in two.

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