French Artist (1911 - 1991)
'Villefranche sur Mer' dated: 1956
Oil on canvas
21 x 31 in.
Musee Toulouse Lautrec, Albi, France
Bermond completed her academic training at the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Nimes, followed by the prestigious Julien Academy in Paris. She was a regular contributor to the coveted Salon d’Automne in Paris between 1907 and 1938, as well as the Salon des Independants and the Salon des Tuileries between 1925 and 1934. She was one of the few female painters to be accepted in the inner circle of French artists who broke with the academic rules of painter and ushered in modernism at the turn of the century.
Bermond’s juxtaposition of broad brushstrokes saturated with vivid, complementary colors creates a highly dynamic pictorial surface. Her compositions are highly geometrical, and she reduces figures and scenery to a series of circles, rectangles, squares and triangles, much like the Cubists before her. Yet her use of traditional perspective, albeit highly stylized, as well as her flat, broadly delineated forms, add an inner force to her brilliant Mediterranean port scenes and lush, provincial landscapes.