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  • URN: 2.07
  • Artist Name : MASSET, Paul F.
  • Artwork Name: Voiles à Saint-Malo - 2010
  • Medium: Pastel
  • Support Surface: Paper
  • Overall Size (w x h, cms): 40 x 30 cms
  • Image Size (w x h, cms): 27 x 17 cms
  • Price: £270.00
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  • Locale of work: France, Brittany, Saint-Malo
  • 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 27 x 17 cm. In this work, entitled "Voiles à Saint-Malo", Paul Masset has created a view through the trees and over the beach, with small sailing boats bobbing on the English Channel off the coast of Saint-Malo. The historic walled city port of Saint-Malo has built a reputation of independence and has a tradition of asserting its autonomy in dealings with the French authorities and local Breton authorities. It was also notorious for pirates in the past. During the Middle Ages Saint-Malo was a fortified Island at the mouth of the Rance River and acted as a controlling stronghold for both the estuary and the open sea beyond. Fort National, one of the forts built to protect French corsairs from English invasions, lies on one of the small offshore islands and dates back to 1689. Much of Saint-Malo was bombed and destroyed in the second World War and what stands there today took 12 years to rebuild from 1948 - 1960. Today, the town is a major tourist location, full of historic and cultural personality, with many attractive sites such as ancient and attractive buildings and forts. There are also lush parks and gardens, plenty of museums and galleries and of course the port and beaches, such as Grand Plage, which stretches for two miles towards Parame. 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 40 x 30 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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