French Artist (1915-2003)
'Paris: The Seine and Notre Dame'
Oil on board
9 x 24 in.
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Philadelphia, San Diego; Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris.
Bertin was schooled in art at a very young age by his godfather, the painter Max Jacob. He chose to study technique at art academies in Paris, and soon after started to exhibit his watercolors and paintings at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Independents. His restless and independent nature took him to the Middle East, Algeria and Morocco, where his artwork was displayed in major galleries. In 1954, Bertin received the prestigious Prix Pacquement award in Paris for a painting that was soon after acquired by the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris.
Bertin’s training as a watercolorist comes through in his oils, whose exuberant lines transcend the topographical elements in the composition and add a rhythmic energy to the pictorial surface. His palette of cooler hues reflect the specific quality of light and transparency that illuminates his lyrical scenes of Paris. One critic noted: ‘Bertin is one of the freest artists I know of. His art is not dictated by fashion or dogma, and he has enough imagination and technique to create his own style of work.’