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Raymond Thibésart (1874-1968)

Raymond Thibésart (1874-1968)

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Bay of Villefranche

Oil on canvas

France ca 1950


50,8 x 61 cm

Copper gilded ornamental frame 63,5 x 73,7 cm


Signed bottom right, titled verso




  • Impressionism Beauty of nature

    The painting by Raymond Thibesart depicts a tranquil view of the bay of Villefranche.

    Greenery and wildflowers create a vibrant foreground, with two trees framing the scene. Light filters through the leaves, suggesting a canopy overhead.

    The blue waters of the bay provide a peaceful middle ground. A distant shoreline under a soft sky with gentle clouds completes the background.



    Typical style


    Thibesart’s use of light and color evokes an atmosphere of tranquility and natural beauty, typical of his style. The painting captures the essence of the serene bay, inviting viewers to appreciate the picturesque landscape.

  • Raymond Thibésart (France 1874-1968)

    Raymond Thibésart was a French painter known for his landscapes. Born in Bar-sur-Aube, about 150 miles southeast of Paris, Thibésart grew up in the French countryside surrounded by vineyards.

    His family moved to the suburbs north of Paris, where Thibésart began to show artistic talent, studying at the École des Beaux-Arts and the Académie Julian. He studied under Jules Lefebvre and Tony Robert-Fleury, but also was greatly influenced by the Italian-Venezuelan impressionist painter Emilio Boggio. He, Boggio, and Henri Martin formed a deep friendship, often working and traveling together throughout Western Europe. Thibésart often created quick sketches with pastels en plein air before transferring these ideas to the canvas in his studio. This way, his subjects lost none of their original color and dynamism.





    In 1897, Thibésart became a member of the Société des Artistes Français. He had his work exhibited at the Salon d'Automne, the Salon des Indépendants, and many of Paris’s prominent galleries, including Knoedler and Georges Petit. Though not a native of Normandy, Thibésart is sometimes grouped with the École Normande, an extension of the more famous École de Rouen.


    Thibésart would also see his work exhibited at galleries in Britain and the United States during his lifetime. In 1966, at 92, he began losing his vision and had to stop painting. He passed away in 1968.

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