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  • URN: 17.32
  • Artist Name : MASSET, Paul F.
  • Artwork Name: Île de Ré - c.2000
  • Medium: Pastel
  • Support Surface: Paper
  • Overall Size (w x h, cms): 32 x 37 cms
  • Image Size (w x h, cms): 20 x 15 cms
  • Price: £115.00
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  • Locale of work: France, Poitou-Charentes, Île de Ré
  • Category: Original Artworks
  • Subject Category: Landscape And Pastoral
  • Colour: Colour
  • Colour Application: Original Colour
  • Framing State: Double Mounted
  • Signature: Artist's Original Signature
  • Notes: An original work in pastel on paper by Paul Masset. Created circa 2000 and hand signed by the French born artist. The image measures 20 x 15 cm and shows a pastoral landscape scene on the Île de Ré, situated just off the west coast of France. The Island is connected to La Rochelle on the French mainland by the Île de Ré Bridge, completed in 1988 and spanning 3 kilometres across the sea. The Island has passed between English and French ownership multiple times through various royal marriages and treaties, finally becoming French land once more in the 1370s. Surrounded by gently sloping sandy beaches, the area is a popular site with tourists, despite the native population being criticised for its allegedly insular nature and fear of outsiders. Locals make good use of the many bicycle trails on the island. Activities such as golfing, horse riding, tennis, surfing and sailing are also popular past times with locals and tourists alike. The main port, Saint Martin, provides much of the night life with walks along the quays and daily markets and shops open late into the evening. Fresh fish and oysters are always plentiful in Île de Ré. The local fisherman still observe an old tradition of selling a small portion of their day’s catch directly off the quays to enable them to buy a drink after a hard day out at sea. This artwork has been double mounted. The mounted size is 32 x 37 cm.
  • Further Information: Paul Masset, was born in 1967 and brought up just outside Paris. At the age of eight his maternal grandfather, the late Gordon Gash of Midhurst, had introduced the young Paul to painting in oils but the defining influence of his art was derived from Peter Norton (1913-1995) who founded the Cubertou Art Centre in south west France. It was here that Paul, from the age of 16, was introduced to the medium of soft pastel inspired by Peter’s friendship with Paul Maze (1887-1979). Paul quickly showed a remarkable aptitude in acquiring Maze’s freedom and vitality of execution through this medium. Like Paul Maze (who lived at Treyford), Paul Masset is a bi-lingual Frenchman with a foot on both sides of the channel. The Normandy School of impressionism (Monet; Manet; Sisely; Maze), the capturing of atmosphere through light and colour (Braque; Matisse; Derain) and their revelation through the medium of pastel (Degas; Vuillard; Delacroix) are the influences Paul Masset brings together in his love of nature, land and sea. In recent years, Paul has increasingly painted in oils and demonstrates his personal and unique sensibility in his pastel drawings and paintings of Normandy, Brittany, the South of France and West Sussex. Paul Masset has exhibited in London, Paris, Versailles, St Germain-en-Laye, Strasbourg and Chichester and many times at The Midhurst Gallery. He and his family live near Rouen.
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