Large Oil, Fruits de Mer, Claude Schurr


Third quarter 20th Century

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Large Oil, Fruits de Mer, Claude Schurr

Mid-century, cubist oil on canvas by French artist, Claude Schurr (1921-2014). This piece depicts white china cup, overturned, another cup brimming with blue and white mussels, a hyacinth blue, glass carafe, gnarly rock oysters on a plate, delicate shell-pink prawns, a cluster of brick red, sea urchins and a lemon. The colours are as fresh and breezy as a walk on the beach.


Schurr studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1938 to 1942. He was awarded a scholarship for the Casa Velázquez in 1949. He travelled in Europe. He has taught at the Académie Ranson and the École des Arts et Métiers in Paris. He was awarded the Prix Antral in 1948 and the Grand Prix National des Arts in 1950.

Above all a landscape, seascape and still-life painter, he sometimes painted compositions with figures and portraits. His facet compositions bring him close to the Post-Cubist movement. His range of light, fresh tones denote his preference for the light in Brittany and the coasts of northern France. His numerous wall decorations adorn the Harcourt studios in Paris, the psychiatric hospital in Ville-Evard, the Science Faculty of Nice, the liners Clément Ader, Raymond Poincarré and Foch. He has also realised lithographs and illustrated books, including La Grand'route de Blaise Cendrars (1952); The Bewitched ( L'Ensorcelée) by Barbey d'Aurevilly (1955), Les Philippes by Jules Renard (1958); Le Petit Ami by Paul Léautaud (1960); Moderato Cantabile by Marguerite Duras (1964); Regain by Jean Giono (1965); Viper in the Fist by Hervé Bazin (1965) and Hélène by Robert Marteau (1973).

Schurr has taken part in the various Salons in Paris: Salon des Moins de Trente Ans in 1941; the Salon d'Automne, where he has been a member, from 1942; Salon des Indépendants, Salon des Tuileries, Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Salon Comparaisons, Salon du Dessin et de la Peinture à l'Eau, and, from 1955, the Salon des Peintres Témoins de Leur Temps. He also participated in numerous group exhibitions in the rest of France and abroad: in 1961 at the Palais de la Méditerranée in Nice, the museums of Tours and Nancy, the São Paulo Biennale and the Menton Biennale. He regularly exhibited his work in solo shows in Paris from 1946, and has also exhibited in the USA since 1946, then in Belgium and Switzerland.
Museum and Gallery Holdings

Auction Records

Marseilles, 6 Dec 1980: 15 August Procession in St-Guénolé (oil on canvas, 28¾ × 39¼ ins/73 × 100 cm) FRF 7,500
Megève, 16 July 1983: Prattling at Herra-Dura (Caquetage à la Herra-Dura) (oil on canvas, 32 × 39¼ ins/81 × 100 cm) FRF 13,000
Paris, 20 June 1988: Port in Brittany (oil on canvas, 31½ × 39¼ ins/80 × 100 cm) FRF 9,000
Paris, 29 Nov 1989: Juan-les-Pins (oil on canvas, 22 × 29½ ins/56 × 75 cm) FRF 12,000
Paris, 25 June 1990: Seascape (oil on canvas, 25½ × 36¼ ins/65 × 92 cm) FRF 7,600
Paris, 18 July 1990: Pensive Boat (oil on canvas, 35½ × 28¾ ins/90 × 73 cm) FRF 9,000
Fontainebleau, 18 Nov 1990: The Flower Market in Nice's Old Town (oil on canvas, 23½ × 28¾ ins/60 × 73 cm) FRF 22,500
Neuilly, 20 May 1992: Lounging (Prélassement) (oil on canvas, 51¼ × 38¼ ins/130 × 97 cm) FRF 23,000
Le Touquet, 8 June 1992: Bay of Porquerolles (oil on canvas, 28¾ × 36½ ins/73 × 93 cm) FRF 20,000
Le Touquet, 30 May 1993: The Pardon of St Guénolé (Le Pardon de saint Guénolé) (oil on canvas, 32 × 39¼ ins/81 × 100 cm) FRF 17,000
Neuilly, 19 March 1994: The Flower Market in Cannes (oil on canvas, 24 × 19¾ ins/61 × 50 cm) FRF 11,000
Lokeren, 10 Dec 1994: Winter Morning in Cannes (oil on canvas, 36¼ × 28¾ ins/92 × 73 cm) BEF 140,000
Paris, 26 March 1995: Female Confidences (oil on canvas, 35 × 46 ins/89 × 116 cm) FRF 8,000
Calais, 15 Dec 1996: Venice, the Rialto (oil on canvas, 13 × 18 ins/33 × 46 cm) FRF 13,800
Paris, 22 March 1998: The Cliffs of Yport (1967, oil on canvas, 45 × 63¾ ins/114 × 162 cm) FRF 4,800
Lille, 27 Oct 2001: Red Regattas in Cannes (oil on canvas, 18 × 22 ins/46 × 55 cm) FRF 11,000
Calais, 9 Dec 2001: Douarnenez Port (oil on canvas, 24 × 32 ins/60 × 81 cm) FRF 14,000
Calais, 19 May 2002: Ambiance rouge au suquet (oil on canvas, 32 × 39 ins/81 × 100 cm) EUR 1,800
Calais, 16 March 2003: Sailingboats at Audierne (oil on canvas, 39 × 32 ins/100 × 81 cm) EUR 2,000
New York, 25 Feb 2004: Port at Nice (oil on canvas, 39 × 32 ins/100 × 81 cm) USD 5,500

New Frame, ready to hang
Frame: Width X Height
CM: 81.5 x 61
Inches: 32 x 24
CM: 74 x 51
Inches: 29 x 21
Medium: Oil on Canvas laid on Board
Provenance: French School
Date; Mid 20th century
Condition; Good, minor restorations.


Third quarter 20th Century

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