Bouvier de Cachard signed 19 1/2″ x 24″ highly textured painting. Buyer pays for shipping.
Biography from Gordon’s Fine Art
In the 70’s although based in London with another studio in Somerset, he worked on a series of strangely prophetic paintings of animals and surrealist landscapes inspired from the rural beauty of the English countryside which concealed the horror of factory farming and the resulting epidemics of mad cow disease and the mass slaughter of pigs, sheep, and cows. His paintings of severed heads of animals screaming their last gasp of protest were omens of what was to come. He also lived and worked in Venice and Spain.
In 1971 Colin Wilson (author of “The Outsider”) met Regis in London in his old Brompton Road studio. He became a close friend of the de Cachard’s often staying with them on his trips to London.
His love for Venice has remained a theme throughout his stylistic evolution. His works inspired from nature, animals, birds, flowers (sunflowers and lilies) reveal a visionary and mystic influenced by the poets and philosophers William Blake, Apolinnaire, Nietsche and Rimbaud.
Towards the end of the 70’s De Cachard became increasingly reclusive. He sold his house in Somerset, and from his London base he traveled to Corsica where he spent some time in the early 80’s. He remained in London until the sudden and tragic death of his wife Sheila in 1992. As she lay dying from cancer he did an extraordinary series of portraits of her every day during the last month of her life.
He spent the next eight years in isolation and unrest, moving from London to Somerset, and three years in Lyme Regis, Dorset overlooking the famous Cobb and Harbour. He took solace from the sea, painting a series of seascapes and seagulls. It was only in the year 2000 that he felt he had returned from a long and lonely journey and come to terms with his terrible loss. Although intellectually he is more at home in an Anglo-Saxon environment, he now divides his time between his studio in a medieval village perched on a hilltop overlooking Provence and the distant mountain of St. Victoire and Britain.
In 1997 Regis made the unpleasant discovery that for over twenty years most of his works sold in public auctions had been mistakenly attributed to his nephew Alain Bouvier de Cachard (painter’s name Raya Sorkine). Regis met with the director of Benezit in 1998 to explain the problem. He was inscribed in the 1999 edition, but damage to Regis’ auction records had been done, the result of the confusion and lack of information on Regis. “Davenport’s Art Reference and Price Guide” Gold 2003/2004 edition has a notation about the identity confusion and an updated auction record.
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