Paul Agustin Aizpiri ( French 1919- )

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Aizpiri Notre Dame oil painting French
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Aizpiri Notre Dame oil painting French

Paul Agustin Aizpiri ( French 1919- )

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View of Notre Dame
Framed size is 36 x 43 inches
Unframed size is 29 x 36 inches
Oil on canvas

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Notre Dame from the Pont de la Tournelle. signed lower left 'Aizpiri'

The stone bridge on the left is the Pont de l'Archevêché.  This is the narrowest bridge in Paris and links the  Ile de la Cité to the 5th arrondissement.  It can be used by cyclists and pedestrians.  It is also called th bridge of loving couples as it is the spot for couples who want to immortalize their love. The couples engrave their initials onto a padlock and then attach it to the railing.

Paul Agustin Aïzpiri was born in France in 1919 to an Italian mother and a Spanish Basque father. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. During his career, Aïzpiri received great acclaim, including a prize at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture in 1946.  In 1951 the French Government awarded him the Prix Nationale.  The same year, he was featured in the Venice Biennial, one of Europe's most important contemporary art exhibitions.  26 of Aïzpiri's original lithographs were included in a unique 1957 edition of "La Sauvage Apprivoisée", a French translation of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew".  One copy is housed at The DeGolyer Special Collections Library at Southern Methodist University as part of the Stanley Marcus Collections.  
 
Today, Aïzpiri's work resides in museums and private collections around the world. In the last thirty years, recognition for his work has increased greatly, including major exhibitions in New York, Japan, and Paris. Aïzpiri has had two recent retrospectives, the first at L'Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris.  In 2000 a second retrospective was held at the Chateau de Vascoeuil, an important center of modern and contemporary art, whose permanent collection includes works by Salvador Dali, Fernand Leger, and Georges Braque. This attention has culminated in the dedication of the Nakata Museum of Art in Onomichi City, Japan in 1996 whose primary collection focuses on 200 of Aïzpiri's works.