Robert Maurice Savary
French Artist (1920-1999)
'Sacre-Cœur in the Snow'
Oil on canvas
25.5 x 32 in.
Musee des Beaux Arts de Rouen
Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
Musee des Beaux Arts de Nantes, France
Francois Lespinasse: Robert Savary, Ed. SIC, 1990.
Savary studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris with Maurice Brianchon from 1940 to 1949, and received 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. He displayed his work in numerous salons since 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 participated in the Second Biennale in Sao Paolo, and his work was exhibited in the Galerie Drouant-David and Galerie Charpentier in Paris in 1955. In 1960, the Musee Galliera in Paris exhibited his paintings.
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. His 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 movement. 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...'