A vibrant depiction of a reclining female nude by American artist, Louis Georges Bouché (1896-1969).
Bouché was a fascinating character who spent his early years living and studying in France. He was born in New York but, following the death of his father in 1909, his mother moved the family to Paris.
In an interview with John Morse in 1959, Bouché recalls his time in France studying under painter Bernard Dumey who became his private tutor over the Summer months. He travelled to Brittany with Dumay and the pair would paint various views - carefully observing the beautiful array of light the region was well-known for. He returned to the US at the start of WWI but Europe left an indelible mark on his style and career.
Later in life, he curated many exhibitions at Wanamaker’s on Broadway, New York and in 1933, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship to travel and study once again in Europe.
The painting is signed in the top right and housed within a frame that’s probably its original.
Medium: Oil on board Overall size: 25” x 21½” / 64cm x 55cm Year of creation: c. 1950 Provenance: England Condition: Overall very presentable. Frame with some light age-related wear. Artist’s Auction Highlight: £2,334 achieved for ‘The Plumber's Daughter’ at an auction in 2017.