Berthomme Saint Andre
French Artist (1905 - 1977)
Oil on canvas
20 x 24 in.
Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
Musee d'Art et d'Histoire, Narbonne, France
Andre Flamant: Berthomme Saint Andre. Ed. Vision sur les Arts.
Saint-Andre studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and exhibited his works at the Salon des Artistes Francais (1924-1929) where he was awarded the prestigious Silver Medal. He also showed at the Salon d'Automne, the Salon des Tuileries and the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and was nominated Honorary Officer of the Legion d'Honneur.
Saint Andre excelled in the art of the Fauves, creating fantasy-like landscapes and seascapes that appear to jump off the surface of the canvas. his saturated colors applied thickly on the canvas, combined with his use of angular forms to depict the subject matter at hand, create a pulsating composition that reveals intense emotional content as well as a keen spirit of freedom and individuality.
Saint-Andre was commissioned to paint large, decorative murals for French municipalities, and designed black & white lithographs to illustrate texts by XIX century French writers. His depictions of luminous fauve landscapes, animated port scenes, and sensual nudes are highly lyrical, and the play of light and shadow adds depth and intimacy to his work.