**Originally Listed At $2500**
Gerard Mortier (French, b. 1951), "Le Tram de Lisbonne", 2010. Signed by the artist on the lower right. Title and signature on verso. A beautiful oil on canvas painting depicting a classic yellow Lisbon tram, riding through the narrow city streets. Using a thick application of paint with a palette knife and brush, impasto style, and large vertical and horizontal planes of brilliant color, Mortier makes this urban scene come to life! Such delightful Remodelado trams date to the 1930, yet they still play an important role in the public transportation system, because modern day trams are not suited to the steep gradients and tight turns of 28 route. Size: 32" L x 40" W (81.3 cm x 101.6 cm)
Born in 1951 in Boulogne sur Mer, France, Gerard Mortier has been dubbed the "Ambassador of the Opal Coast" and most of his works depict lands on the English Channel - palpably capturing the power of the wind and sea that characterize this region of France. Hence, the subject matter of this painting is more unusual for Mortier.
Gerard Mortier's recent exhibits include: Joel Dupuis – Hardelot, France (permanent); Vent des Cimes – Grenoble, France (permanent); Prestige – Montreux, Switzerland (permanent); Smith-Klein Gallery, Boulder, Colorado, USA (permanent); Ramesh Art Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Gallery Oil and Water, London, England.
In addition, Gerard Mortier appeared on national French television on May 10, 2015. To see the feature, follow this link: https://www.lci.fr/france/zoom-sur-le-cap-gris-nez-le-cap-blanc-nez-et-leurs-falaises-majestueuses-1200456.html - Mortier appears at minute 4:00. Mortier also appeared on "Vous Etes Formidables" (You Are Fabulous), a nationally broadcast show on July 5, 2018; you may see the interview at about minute 7 on this link: https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/hauts-de-france/emissions/vous-etes-formidables
Provenance: private Boulder, Colorado, USA collection
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