Eloi Noel Beraud, known as Noel Bouvard or Marc Aldine, was born on the 26 December 1875 at St Etienne, France. He was also known as Antoine Bouvard, a name agreed by him and the Whitgift Gallery in England to make him more marketable in the UK. He was the father of Noël George Bouvard and the grandfather of Colette Bouvard, both of whom were artists. He studied at the Saint-Etienne School of Art and was influenced by the Barbizon School, part of a realism movement in art. He married in 1900 and a year later moved to Paris.
Bouvard discovered Venice at the beginning of the 20th century and fell in love with its palaces, churches at sunset and the magical atmosphere of the watery landscape. He visited the place several times working there for a number of months at a time and producing many works. Bouvard died on February 9 1957 at Ecouen near Paris. His finely honed skill at capturing the light of the sun upon the water and buildings and the fluidity of the elements have kept his works high in the popularity stakes in France as well as in the UK for more than 70 years. His delicacy of touch mixed with the richness and warmth of colours continue make his paintings some of the most sought after images of Venice this century. A book on the Bouvard family by Ludovic Saulnier was published in 2008.
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||7.5 inches x 9.5 inches (19cm x 24cm)|
|Framed Size||13.25 inches x 15.25 inches (33.5cm x 38.5cm)|