Fine Art

Bernard Cathelin

French, 1919-2004

Automne au Breal

Oil on canvas
38 x 57 1/2 inches (96.5 x 146 cm)
Framed: 39 1/2 x 58 3/4 inches (100 x 149.5 cm)
Signed lower right: Cathelin; signed, titled and dated (verso)


David B. Findlay Galleries, New York
Private collection, USA

Bernard Cathelin was born in Paris on May 20th 1919, and after studying at the national school of Art Decoratif, he become a member of the School of Paris. Cathelin was famous for oil paintings and lithographs with a subtle richness of texture and color.  Utilizing thick palette knife applications and rich colors, Cathelin produced a sense of light and corporeal form in his paintings, not unlike the work of Nicholas de Staël. His favorite themes were bouquets, landscapes and portraits of women.

Cathelin traveled extensively around the world. Countries such as Mexico, Russia, Japan, Italy and Spain were a source of inspiration for his creations, but he always cherished the landscapes of Provence where his mother was from.

Among numerous prizes, he was elected to the Legion of Honour by the French President of the Republic, Mr François Mitterand in 1995. During his lifetime he was featured in over 50 exhibitions worldwide and exhibitions are still dedicated to him in France and across the world.

Our composition features a pastoral landscape, brought to life with the colors of the Autumn. In the foreground a large green field rolls into more colorful patches. A dense canopy of trees partially blocks the view of a house beyond and the countryside is dotted with small bushes in various shades. Bright and dark greens are complemented by shades of plum, lavender, honey and persimmon to indicate Fall foliage and fields of colorful flowers. In the sky overhead, a thick impasto application of paint mimics Breal’s characteristic light during this period of the year.