GASTON REBRY, IAF

(1933-2007)
Listed Canadian Artist
Oil on Canvas
Signed Recto LR. by the Artist
Titled Verso – “Neige dan les collines” - “Snow in the hills”
Frame is original to the painting and is in mint condition
Overall Condition: pristine, tight canvas, no craquelure, no surface condition issues whatsoever
Size h: 16 in. by w: 20 in.

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Gaston Rebry

 

Gaston Rebry

 

Gaston Rebry

 

Gaston Rebry

 

Gaston Rebry

 


GASTON REBRY, IAF

Gaston RebryGaston Rebry was born in Wevegem, Belgium in 1933 and came to Canada in 1954 at the age of nineteen to visit his sister in Montreal after the death of their father. Like his father, Gaston was a competitive cyclist, and had been quite successful in the sport. But his love of art and painting was just too strong and he soon abandoned the sport of cycling to study art and drawing at the Menen Academy in Belgium. When Gaston moved to Canada in 1955, he brought his passion for art with him.

He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal and was influenced by the of Group of Seven which can be seen in Gaston’s work, but it eventually took him ten years before he became established enough to devote himself full-time to painting. Gaston loved and lived with the many aspects of nature, and loved to paint nature itself. In his early days, he painted houses and villages and even portraits, but for over twenty years he was devoted to painting nothing but landscapes. Like his canvases, the painter had become one with nature. He chose to paint it the way it was before the first settlers arrived and before the migration of native peoples. A lush green paradise where the sky, the forest and water reigns supreme, where nature was unaffected by its animal denizens.

Gaston was always energized by nature but never intended to copy it. He tended to reconstruct it, making it more complete and made no attempt to portray nature exactly as he saw it. He was always fascinated by light, observing it’s every nuance in the sky, on the water and even on the leaves hanging from the trees as he walked through the forest. On canvas he would turn it into something unique and captivating.

When asked how long it took to complete a painting, Gaston would amusingly answer by saying...at least 40 years. I see each painting as the culmination of my experience as an artist and the expression of my life so far and each canvas reflects nearly fifty years of a close relationship with nature. A lifetime of work where all the hopes and dreams of the artist are set in a bounteous landscape.

As a sign of respect for his favourite artist from Shawinigan, the former Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chrétien, a.k.a. The Little Guy From Shawinigan, often gave paintings by Gaston Rebry as gifts to foreign dignitaries. Gaston was able to express on canvas the beauty and solitude of his adopted land and his paintings are now considered among art investment specialists, as having an elevated investment potential in the realm of accomplished Canadian artists of the 20th century.

Gaston Rebry passed away in January 2007.


Painting Ref No: 12TUOA18MAC-S/BAEEX


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