The series of paintings, by the Quimper-born artist for the Ker-Moor Hotel in Bénodet, won't leave its native Brittany.
Pierre de Belay (1890–1947), five paintings from the Ker-Moor hotel in Bénodet, 1923, oil on canvas, 200 cm.
Result: €310,000 total, with multi-unit option
Grouped together under a multi-unit option offer, this five-piece set of massive paintings (of varying size, though they are all around two metres in height), knocked down for €310,000, has permanently left the walls for which it was designed. In 1923, the Daniel family, owners of the hotel in the small seaside resort, asked Pierre Savigny de Belay to decorate their dining room. The young painter, a family friend who experienced the artistic revolution in Paris's Bateau-Lavoir, created this set of paintings depicting Brittany's religious and secular holidays. His art is avant-garde in style, as seen in the way shapes and faces are mapped out, and in the almost pure brightness of its colours. Fortunately, the five paintings, unique in their genre, won’t leave the region, as they were bought by the Quimper city council (with the help of Brittany's patronage fund) and will become part of the collection of the city’s museum of fine arts.