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Antoine Bouvard 'Marc Aldine', “Summer Morning, Venice" Oil Painting, 1905

US$20,850Asking Price


This original oil on canvas painting depicts a quiet summer morning, and a single Gondolier moves elegantly through a Venetian waterway, on his way to pick up a precious cargo of lovers. A blissful blue sky scattered delicately with clouds envelopes the beautiful stone buildings below, whispering of long hot days to come. Éloi-Noël Béraud a/k/a Antoine Bouvard and Marc Aldine (French, 1875-1957) Éloi Noel Beraud is the real name of the artist Antoine Bouvard also known as Marc Aldine. This is according to his great-granddaughter, Delphine Bouvard. Born at St. Jean-de-Bournay in L’Isère, he trained as an architect under Constant-Dufeus at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He became Director of Architectural Services for the Seine and was responsible for building the Bourse and the Boulevard Morland. Beraud visited Venice at the beginning of the twentieth century and instantly fell in love with its special light and scenery, which is so seductive to artists. He returned to the city many times over the following fifty years and specialised in Venetian views, for which he is justly famous. He exhibited throughout France and Italy as well as many provincial European galleries during his own lifetime. His sensitive understanding of Venice made the artist very popular. Not only did he capture the activity and glamour of the Grand Canal and the Santa Maria Della Salute, but he also caught the atmosphere and serenity of the backwaters. His paintings demonstrate his architectural skill whilst reflecting his love of Venice’s unique light effects. His works are broad and confidently painted, capturing all the charm of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The artist’s son George Noel Beraud (1912-1972) was also an artist and painted under the name George Noel Bouvard. He was born in Paris and died in Ecouen and painted similar style to that of his father. Bouvard was born at St. Etienne in France in 1875. His early artistic education was undertaken at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he spent three years under a scholarship. His birth name was Eloi Noel Beraud although he signed his paintings Bouvard, Marc Aldine and Pelletier, amongst other pseudonyms but it is by Bouvard that he is best known. Study trips followed throughout Europe, where he began to paint the landscapes of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean coastline. Most of his output went through a dealer in Paris who recommended that he consider Venice as a subject. From that point his career never looked back. Whilst Bouvard’s subject matter is similar to Canaletto and Guardi, he differs from these great artists by his use of a free impressionist technique, with the introduction of more color and warmth. Examples of this fine French artist’s work are in museums and private collections throughout the world. Gladwell’s held the first one-man exhibition of his work in Britain in 1928, from which the late Queen Mary purchased two examples of his work. Mr. Fuller continued to acquire paintings from this fine artist up until Bouvard died in 1957.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Width: 39 in. (99.06 cm)Depth: 6 in. (15.24 cm)
  • Style
    Romantic (Of the Period)
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  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1905
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The painting has been painstakingly restored and relined. Museum quality period frame.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU281937881783

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