Charlies Levier, "Red Saltimbanque, 1960" Oil on Canvas 49 x 32

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Charlies Levier, "Red Saltimbanque, 1960" Oil on Canvas 49 x 32

22,000.00

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A very large painting of one of Levier’s signature Saltimbanque illustrations.
Framed Size: 53 x 36

Levier was born in 1920 to a French father and American mother in Corsica.

From an early age, he held a fascination with color and form which led him, at age seventeen, to the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs for private studies. During World War II, Levier served in the French Army in North Africa, later becoming Liaison Officer with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services.

After the war, Levier divided his time between living in the United States and France. His first one-man show opened at the Galerie Constantine, in Lyons in 1949, followed by an American debut in Los Angeles in 1950. Levier continued to have gallery shows in both France and the United States.

Levier's works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Paris and the Menton Museum, Paris. In the United States, his work may be found in the permanent collection of the Atlanta Museum, the Seattle Museum, the Evansville Museum, the New Orleans Museum and the San Diego Museum. His works have been included in the prominent collections of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Adlai Stevenson, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Prince and Princess Poniatoski, Mrs. Dan Topping, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Martin and many others. Levier is most known for his abstracted Post-Impressionistic still lifes and cityscapes of harbor towns as well as florals.

Levier employed a Cubist technique. Cubism was developed in France in the teens and the 1920s by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) and Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963). Several artists, like Levier, continued to paint in the Cubist manner well into the 20th century.

In "Fleurs sur hur Rouge", Levier has placed a simple aubergine glass vase full of dark red and blue garden flowers atop a table complete with a checkered blue cloth. A lone ladderback chairs hides behind the table in the composition while the artist uses one of his signature "reds" as background color to complete the lively floral.

Levier has employed a "cubist" technique with flowing quick brushstrokes. The artist's use of depth is heightened with shadowing throughout the energetic grouping.

French modernist Charles Levier died in 2003.

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