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  • URN: 1.36
  • Artist Name : MASSET, Paul F.
  • Artwork Name: Near Arcachon - 2009
  • Medium: Pastel
  • Support Surface: Sand Paper
  • Overall Size (w x h, cms): 35 x 26 cms
  • Image Size (w x h, cms): 23 x 14 cms
  • Price: £205.00
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  • Locale of work: France, Aquitaine, Arcachon
  • Category: Original Artworks
  • Subject Category: Seascape - Marine
  • Colour: Colour
  • Colour Application: Original Colour
  • Framing State: Framed, Double Mounted, Glazed
  • Signature: Artist's Original Signature
  • Notes: An original work in pastel on paper by Paul Masset. Created circa 2010 and hand signed by the French born artist. The image measures 23 x 14 cm and shows a seascape of sailing and fishing boats in the bay near Arcachon, situated in the South-west of France. Arcachon’s position on the Atlantic coast, just 55km south-west of Bordeaux, has made it a popular bathing location with fine sandy beaches and mild climate that are said to be of benefit to those suffering with various pulmonary conditions. The south-eastern entrance to Arcachon Bay from the Atlantic also lays claim to Europe’s largest sand dune; the Dune du Pilat is nearly 3 kilometres long, 500 metres wide and 110 metres high. As well as its fine coastal scenes, Arcachon is also known for its residential architecture, in particular the “Arcachonnaise” with its villas in the Ville d’ Hiver. These are a unique mix of neoclassical, neo-gothic, old-colonial and Swiss chalet styles; they have long been the subject of differing, critical aesthetic opinion, but are now generally thought to be thoroughly charming and are quite an attraction for visitors. Despite its relatively short history (Emperor Napoleon III only signed Arcachon’s official “birth certificate” on 2nd May, 1857) the commune of Arcahcon has become one of the most popular and attractive coastal destinations in France. This artwork has been bespoke framed and glazed, with a double mount, in an attractive gold frame and with hanging attachments on the back. The framed size is 35 x 26 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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