Robert Maurice Savary
'Sacre-Cœur in the Snow'
Oil on canvas
25.5 x 32 in.
Musee des Beaux Arts de Rouen,
Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris,
Musee des Beaux Arts de Nantes, France
Francois Lespinasse: Robert Savary, Ed. SIC, 1990.
Savary studied from 1940 to 1949 at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris with Maurice Brianchon, and was honored with the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1950. After living in Madrid for two years, he returned to Paris in 1949 and was named Professor at the Musee des Beaux Arts de Rouen.
Savary exhibited his work in numerous prestigious salons as of 1946, including the Salon de Mai, Salon des Tuileries, Salon des Independants, Salon des Artistes Francais, Salon d'Automne, and the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts. He also participated in the Second Biennale in Sao Paolo, and his work was shown at the Galerie Drouant-David and Galerie Charpentier in Paris in 1955. In 1960, the Musee Galliera in Paris gave him a one man show. He received numerous distinctions for his work, including a Gold Medal in 1975 at the Salon des Artistes Francais de Paris, a Silver Medal in 1958 at the Salon de la Marine de Paris followed two years later by a Gold Medal.
Savary's paintings can be serene and quiet, or bustling with activity and movement. He learned to paint with color from Matisse, revealing a 'joie de vivre' in his paintings that is brimming with life and animation. The art critic Raymond Cogniat wrote about his painting: 'white becomes a color for Savary as it did for Bonnard, full of subtleties; it is a way of highlighting a kaleidoscope of colors and imbuing them with light and freshness...'