BENJAMIN SARRAILLON "Fellah Kabyl - Djurdjura" Oil Painting
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Oil on paper by painter Benjamin Sarraillon titled on back with original frame. Signed lower right and dated 1941 on back. Works by this artist rarely come on the market in the United States. Auction prices for this artist available at the GVM sales counter.
About the Artist
Benjamin Sarrailon was born in Lyon France in 1902 and completed his studies at l'Ecole des Beaux-arts. He moved to Algiers in 1924 and quickly became enchanted by the vast horizons and the ‘brightness’ of the capital Tangiers. While in Algiers he met the great orientalist painter Etienne Dinet and Jules Van Biesbroeck who was both a painter and sculptor. Both men left a profound mark on the young artist.
Sarraillon is known for his realistic and sensitive illustrations of the Arabic peoples of North Africa taking great care to accurately depict the color and styling of local dress and culture. During his lifetime he contributed hundreds of illustrations for several journals, reviews, magazines and several books. His most noteworthy contribution to books include Cassard le Berbere (1925) by Robert Randau (350 illustrations), Les Jardins d’Algerie (1956) by Professor Georges Marcais, Du Soleil Sur les Mains (1957) by Emmanuel Robles. Sarrallion illustrations were also used by the postal administration as models for stamps. Small portraits by Sarraillon are highly collected in Europe.
Some losses to upper left edge of frame.
Image: 5½”H x 4”W
Frame: 7½”H x 6”W