Signed in the lower left corner of the canvas by the artist, L. Mery, this vibrant painting depicts a street fountain in Provence, France. The verso side has also been inscribed, although the paint is too faint to discern. A stone wall fountain with a triangular pediment is positioned against an ivy-covered wall. On the other side of the street is a single small tree in front of a stone archway. Overhead is a clear, bright blue sky, as two citizens walk down the paved street towards a steepled cream building with a terra cotta roof. A man wearing a light blue shirt and beige pants, with a gray hat and mustard-colored jacket slung over his shoulder nears the archway. Further ahead is a woman all in gray, carrying a brown basket in her right hand.
Louis Mery was born in 1877 in France. Active throughout the 1900’s, Mery is mainly known for his landscape paintings. Mery has quite a few paintings on display at the Musee Departemental de l’Oise a Beauvais, a museum located at a former bishop’s residence in Northern France. The Musee (or MUDO), which opened in 1841, is dedicated to collecting artwork of artistic or historical significance.
The street scene depicted here is typical of the hilly villages in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. This sunny oil on canvas painting created with an impasto technique will be a wonderful addition to any room.
CONDITION: Good condition with minor rubs and losses to gilt frame. Patch to rear of canvas. Frame not original, and therefore not rigged for hanging. Please see photos for details.