Gaston Sebire: French Coastal Scenes

The summer holiday season is upon us and we have three new acquisitions that may remind you of vacations in the south of France.


Gaston Sebire once said, “I paint outdoors from nine in the morning until five at night.” His dedication to the en plein air (in the open air) method of painting is clearly visible in the work depicting Antibes, as well as in the harbour and estuary scenes.


The deftness and subtlety of his technique is apparent through the merest dash of his brush, which becomes the sail of a ship, or a flock of birds caught on a coastal wind.


Gaston Sebire was born in Calvados in 1920 and studied in the Maitrise Sainte Evode in Rouen. His work began to be recognised in the 1940s and his first exhibition was held in Rouen in 1945.


In 1966 he won the Grand Prix of the Biennale of Trouville and in 1968 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Salon des Artistes Francais as well as the Medal of Honour of the Salon de la Marine. In 1975 he was made Chevalier dans l’Order National du Merite, one of France’s most coveted awards. In the same year he became an official painter of the Marine Nationale (the French Navy). Paintings completed after this date include an anchor motif after Sebire’s signature.


Please feel free to get in touch should you be interested in these paintings or any others we may have in stock.


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Julian and Michael Brookstone

August 10, 2015