Raymond Virac (1892 -1946)
"Landscape with boats (South Western Coast of France)" 12.35 x16.33 inches
Tempera on paper Signée BD

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Raymond Pierre Virac born in Madrid in 1892 is a french painter, successively student of the Academie Julian and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, is a versatile artist who performs in turn frescoes, illuminated manuscripts, advertising, charcoal , oil paintings. After graduation, he set up a the lodge for the Grand Prix de Rome for engraving. Between 1922 and 1926 he received several awards in various shows and exhibitions of French Artists in 1927, winner of Indochina, he became a professor in the School of Fine Arts in Hanoi. Back in France, he became a member of CDBA and realizes his most famous works, including frescoes in the Church Mission in Epinay sur Seine and those of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Paris, not forgetting the works carried out for several flags of the Colonial Exhibition of 1931 in Paris. He received the Prix de Madagascar in 1936 and moved to Antananarivo, where he is responsible of the decoration of City Hall. Despite a sudden death, it leaves several paintings related to his family ties to the Basque Country (Ciboure in particular) and also his journey of traveling painter (Indochina, Madagascar).