Vincent Lécuyer Collection
The Paris gallery owner, who died in July 2019, left a group of Symbolist paintings and several evoking his love of distant places, now being sold by his children.
Amédée Marcel-Clément (1873-?), Saint-Malo on a stormy afternoon, oil on panel, 116 x 80 cm.
"A man of St Malo, a sailor, rough weather navigator and adventure-lover, his artistic tastes drew him to distant worlds, painters who travelled and artists from faraway lands," is how sale expert Pauline Chanoit describes Vincent Lécuyer. As proof of this, a broad view of Guatemala's capital by the Liège-born artist Augusto de Succa dating from the latter half of his life. This panorama is a meticulous depiction of the city, probably seen from the monastery of Cerro del Carmen. This little-known town, founded in the 18th century and destroyed in 1913, was a hotspot of pre-Columbian history. Through its wealth of details, the painting combines both originality and valuable ethnographic information. With a more modest estimate (€2,000/3,000), a 1925 painting by the Ecuador artist Camilo Egas, The Corn Harvest, embodies the modernism of the Spanish school of that time and the locally-inspired aesthetic tradition. One noteworthy piece by Raoul du Gardier, The City of Suez, Egypt in the early evening light, was exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1925 (€6,000/8,000). After the Andean world we turn to Brittany, much-loved by Vincent Lécuyer, who came from Dinard. A Woman at Prayer by Edgar Maxence combines the Gothic spirit of Breton folklore with Pre-Raphaelite aestheticism (€5,000/8,000), while Saint-Malo on a Stormy Afternoon (see photo) illustrates Amédée Marcel-Clément's remarkable gift for rendering the strange light typical of this coast through a grey and blue-tinged chiaroscuro.