Lot 18: Oil painting "Boats in Southern Shore" by A. B. Caillaud, 1890
December 7, 2012
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Oil on panel - reinforced with a cradle
France, around 1890
Alfred Benoît Caillaud (1858 -1940) - French landscape and still life painter
Signed lower right, "A. Caillaud"
Framed in an elaborate, embossed stucco frame
Overall dimensions, framed: 40 x 47 cm
This fine painting by the French painter Alfred Benoît Caillaud shows a few sailing boats lying in a harbour. Sky and sea share the wooden panel's surface and only very lightly differ in colour from each other. The sea's surface is intensified due to the mirroring of the boats and the port. It reflects the red and the green of the boat in the front just as well as the pale sails. The boats in the background are in the port with their sails down, in front of the light-hued houses of the city. The artist has managed to create an atmospheric painting with a few determined brush strokes and an unrestrained colour application.
The painting is in good condition with few surface scratches; the beautiful frame is in excellent condition. The paintwork has been applied with strong impasto with radiant colours that are still very fresh. The overall dimensions, framed, measure 40 x 47 cm; the dimensions of the wooden panel are 26 x 35 cm. The wooden panel is reinforced with a coffer frame on the back. The painting is signed lower right, "A. Caillaud".
Alfred Benoît Caillaud (1858 -1940)
Caillaud was born in La Rochelle in France in the middle of the 19th Century and died in 1940. Besides his Maritime paintings he is known for his still lifes showing fruits and flowers and his genre and interior scenes.