Old Mill of Provence
oil on canvas
19-3/4'' x 24''
Durand-Rose, Auguste
1887-1962

Auguste Durand-Rose was born in Marseilles in 1887.  At the age of thirty, he was named Professor, then Survillant General of the Academy of Fine Arts of Marseilles.  Later, he moved to Paris, where he became known as the contemporary master of ‘chiaroscuro’ in the tradition of the Old Master, Carravaggio.  Although Rembrant influenced him, his own distinct interpretation of life was present in his paintings.

Among the awards he received are the First Prize of International Painting in 1958, a Gold Medal from the International Painting Exhibition of Paris in 1937, and a First Prize from the Exhibition of Decorative Arts.

Durand-Rose was Secretary of the Academy of Painters of Provence, a member of the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Tuilleries.

He had one-man shows in Paris at the Gallerie Charpentier, Drouant-David, and throughout France, in addition to exhibitions in Brussels, Prague, Vienna, Canada, New York, and at Newman Galleries in Philadelphia.

The State of France and the City of Paris purchased a large amount of his work and his paintings are in many public and private collections.

The artist died in 1962.