French Artist (1874 -1968)
'Rowboats on the Seine' dated 1908 (left)
Oil on canvas
20 x 26 in.
'Santa Margherita Rafallo, Italy' (right)
Oil on canvas
19.5 x 23.5 in.
Musee des Beaux Arts de Troyes. France
After winning numerous medals in France, including the prestigious Gold Medal from the Societe des Artistes Francais in 1897,Thibesart studied with the renown Henri Martin, who took him on study trips to Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and Corsica to master the techniques of ‘plein air’ painting. Thibesart embraced the new technique, enthusiastically sketching outdoors, using pastels that captured the luminous effect of sunlight on the water, the vivid colors of flowers in bloom, and the dazzling snow covered landscapes. He would then bring his studies back to the studio and integrate them into his larger oil canvases. He also had a warm and engaging friendship with Claude Monet, with whom he exchanging paintings and shared stylistic methods.
In 'Santa Maria Rafallo', Thibesart captures the luminous effect of sunlight on water, using dazzling hues of apricots, emerald greens and translucent blues to add a radiant serenity to the pictorial surface. His painterly depiction of the village perched atop of a cliff, is a meditation on sensual impressions. Thibesart's nuanced, chromatic sense contributes to the light, immaterial freshness of the composition.
He exhibited at the most prestigious Parisian galleries, including the Knoedler from 1913 to 1927 and the Georges Petit in 1930. His work won praise from solo exhibitions around the world, at the Romanet Gallery in Algiers between 1942 and 1965, Wally Findlay in Palm Beach and New York, the Arte Moderno Gallery in Caracas from 1969 to 1981, as well in Japan, Holland, Switzerland and Italy, cementing his reputation as one of the most important Post Impressionist painters of his generation.