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California Fauvist  Figure Painting

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unsigned [ Victor De Gesu] , Woman in Red, oil on canvas, on masonite, 1980s. Size: 16 x 12" plus gold frame.

Heavy impasto and interesting brush strokes.

Although unsigned, this painting comes from the estate of Victor De Gesuand and is clearly in his style. Victor and his wife Janet often painted in the same fauvist style so it is difficult to distinguish the work of one from the other. The couple met while studying art at the Chouinard and Jepson Art Institutes in Los Angeles and soon married. Eager to escape the "Sanity in Art" movement that had swept across the United States, they spent four years in Europe on the GI Bill and attended the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, the Escuela de Belles Artes de San Jorge in Barcelona and schools in Italy. Both studied with Andre L'Hote, Yves Brayer and Jean Aujame and Victor also worked with Carlo Socrate. Their works have received world wide recognition with exhibitions at numerous major galleries in Europe and the United Sates, including the Louvre, the Grand Palais in the Salon d'Automne, San Francisco Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum, San Francisco Civic Center and the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art. In 1956, they returned to the US and built a home in Pacific Grove, California. Shortly thereafter, prominent artist, Armin Hansen, promoted and sponsored Victor and Janet for membership into the Carmel Art Association.


Glendale Junior College
Ejnar Hansen, Pasadena
Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Art Center, Los Angeles, California
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California
Academie De La Grande Chaumier, Paris, France
Academie De Andre L'hote, Paris, France
Academia Di Bell Arte, Rome, Italy
Academie Des Belles Artes De San Jorge, Barcelona, Spain
Studio Hinna, Rome, Itally

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California Fauvist Figure Painting


  • Vintage item from the 1980s
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