F. Armand Bouvier
French Artist (1913 - 1977)
'Les Enfants sur la Plage a Knokke la Zoute'
Oil on cardboard
22 x 30 in.
Bouvier was a self-taught painter, draughtsman, and watercolorist whose point of reference in art was the Salon des Peintres Fauves of 1905. Like Derain, Matisse, and Vlaminck, Bouvier was more comfortable directly applying dabs of color onto the canvas than the more time consuming systematic layering of brushstrokes, thus giving his picture surface a vibrant and spontaneous effect. Bouvier drew with color, applying lessons learned from Impressionism to add light and transparency to his compositions.
He traveled to Belgium and Holland, painting the beaches along the coast of Knokke La Zoute and other resorts along the North Sea. His themes were often inspired by the Armor coasts of France and the sunny Cote d'Azur, as well as the salty marshlands of Gerande and Briere.