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Raymond Thibésart’s ethereal landscapes won great acclaim in the French Salons in the early twentieth century. Born in the elegant town of Bar-sur-Aube, surrounded by gently rolling hills and the champagne vineyards of the Grand Est region, the beauty of the French landscape and the artistic possibilities that it evoked made a deep impression on the young Thibésart.

 

The family moved to Enghien-les-Bains, a northern suburb outside Paris close to Argenteuil, and it was there, upon meeting the Italian-Venezuelan pioneering Impressionist painter Emilio Boggio, that Thibésart’s talent for drawing and painting was fostered. Thibésart continued to admire Boggio throughout his long career, and the two formed a lasting friendship.

 

In his early twenties Thibésart studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and later at the progressive Académie Julian under the tutorage of Jules Lefebvre and Tony Robert-Fleury, who introduced a strong element of symbolism into his work.

 

In 1903 Thibésart moved to Vaux sur Seine in the countryside to the north-west of Paris, encouraged by Boggio who had moved to the area the year earlier. The two artists travelled frequently to Italy, Switzerland and Belgium, often with their fellow artist and friend Henri Martin, to find new sources of inspiration. Thibésart worked in pastel outdoors, allowing him to make rapid sketches of changing light effects and atmospheric qualities of the landscape. Within the tranquillity of his studio, Thibésart would then transfer the colours, movements and atmosphere captured in pastel en plein aironto large scale canvases whilst ensuring the spontaneity of his subject was never lost.

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