Gerard Calvet 1926 - 2017
Still life with white jug
Signed Gerard Calvet
Inscribed Fougères on stretcher
Oil on canvas: 21 x 25 in / 53 x 63 cm
Born in the Aude region of the south of France, Gerard Calvet was educated at Carcassonne before studying art under Eugène Narbonne at the Paris Ecole des beaux-arts from 1945 – 50. His first public exhibition was a joint show in 1951 with his friend the sculptor Georges Oudot, before moving to the city of Montpellier which was to remain his base for the rest of his life. He became a keen enthusiast of the École de Paris art movement with its love of strong and vibrant colours – a distinctive technique which was to remain constant in his painting throughout his career. He considered himself primarily as a figurative artist, whilst his subject matter was noted by his passion for the soil, the fruits and the landscape of the South – all influenced by his love of the light of the Mediterranean.
Calvet exhibited widely in towns such as Bayonne, Menton, and Avignon as well as in various Salons in Paris. His works can be found in the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Swedish Royal Museum in Stockholm, the Louisana Humleback Museum in Denmark, as well as various provincial museums of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France in towns such as Montpellier, Nice, Rodez, Narbonne, and Sète. He became elected as a Member of the Académie des sciences et de lettres de Montpellier, and was awarded the honour of becoming a chevalier de la légion d’honneur in 2011. He even adapted his work towards the end of his life to enable him to accept commissions theatrical costumes and decorations between 1988-91, as well as designing posters for the State Railway of the south of France.