Alfred GASPART (1900-1993): The Bathers. Pastel

 

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Alfred GASPART (1900-1993): The Bathers. Pastel on paper . Signed on the bottom right.

From the 30's

Pastel: 31,5 x 23,5 cm - 12 3/8 x 9 1/4 in
Framed: 52 x 42 cm - 20 1/2 x 16 1/2 in

Alfred GASPART (1900-1993):
Born August 3th, 1900, in St-Nicolas-de-los Arrayos in Argentina from a French father and a Argentinian mother, French Basque origin. Arrived in 1903 in France, he followed the lessons of the School Germain PILON, then of the Atelier Fernand CORMON (1845-1924) in the Fine Arts School of Paris. Painter and photographer, he settled, in the 30's, in the Montparnasse area in Paris but travelled all around the Mediterranean sea. A strong relation related him with his sister, seven years older than him; she is present everywhere in his work. He was also a friend of Pierre ALBERT-BIROT (1876-1966), André DERAIN (1880-1954), the poet Jean FOLLAIN (1903-1971), Marie LAURENCIN (1885-1956), André SALMON (1881-1969). Painter of the reality, he did paintings and photos of faces, landscapes, cities and still-lives. Th paintings, drawings and photos he did in Bourgogne from 1935 to 1936 are a hymn to winyard.
During the Second World War, captive in Germany with Antoniucci VOLTI (1915-1989), he wrote a diary and drawed pathetic scenes of the daily life in the stalag. He tried to escape twice, without success, and saved the life of VOLTI who didn't support captivity, encouraging him. His touching drawings will be exhibited in 2005 for the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the prisoners camps. In 1944, the first Award of captivity, Fine Art Section, is offered to him by the YMCA of Geneva, Switzerland.
After the war, back in Paris, he felt difficulties to deal with the psychological shock of the captivity. He carried on to paint , away from the world in his Atelier loaned by Ossip ZADKINE (1890-1967), 100bis rue d'Assas till his death march 12th, 1993. His Atelier is now the Zadkine Museum.

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