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As you might have seen from our collection we like colourful, bright, joyful works of art. This gouache caught the imagination of the artist and cheers a room by its lively sea mediterranean blue seawater and its red melon and orange papaya. This what you want to eat after a long swim. Fresh and juicy fruits looking over a bay hardly thinking a thing.
Signed Raedecker lower left
Gouache on paper
Image size 51,5 x 41 cm
Framed behind glass 84 x 66 cm
Max (Amsterdam 1914 – 1987 Paris)studied at the Académie Colarossi in Paris (1929). His father, uncles and several cousins were sculptors. Max is a painter. “Don't do it for the money; that hinders art'.As a sixteen-year-old he already had a solo exhibition at art galleries A. Vecht (1931) in Amsterdam, which would be followed by several in other places. As a member of The Independents, he took part in the annual group exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum until the late 1930s. Other group exhibitions included the Salon des Tuileries (1932) and the Rijksprentenkabinet (1957).After several years of training in Europe (Paris and Florence), he got caught up in World War II and was "sent" to Corrèze by the embassy in Limousin. In 1942 he met his wife Françoise Cammat and befriended artists such as Alexander Archipenko, Marc Chagall and Ossip Zadkine.Later he has his own workshop in Paris and La Rucheen Chaunac where he creates an abundance of work, drawn by the avant-garde and European art. His Dutch heritage inspired his palette, while his travels in Italy and frequent Parisian circles sharpened his perception. Art critic Prange wrote about Raedecker's work in 1961: "No horizontals and verticals, but alternating forms of semicircles and triangles attached to flagpoles like pennants."Together with Karel Appel, Raedecker made abstract murals for the Congress Building in The Hague in 1970, which were plastered over in the mid-1990s, which led to a lawsuit from the heirs. Jurisprudence on this subject is still influential when it comes to art associated with a building. His work is included in the collections of the Centraal Museum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Rijksmuseum, among others.
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