L'Egypte signed 'Canu' (lower right) oil on canvas 38.1 x 46cm (15 x 18 1/8in).
PROVENANCE: Sale, Sotheby's New York, 7 October 2008, lot 229 A private collection
Born in 1921 and educated at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Yvonne Canu was influenced by the work of the pointillists, particularly the artist Georges Seurat and his masterpiece L'ile de la Grande Jatte. She belonged to a trend of French twentieth century artists who looked to the color theories of Divisionism . Divisionism, characteristic of the Neo-Impressionists, focused more on the technical variants associated with the methods of Pointillism and its specific style of distinct dots of color applied in patterns to create a larger image. Canu, known mostly for her coastal and harbor scenes such as the present work, L'Egypte, gained acknowledgment for her work after the Second World War.