About the Artist:
René Levrel, (1900-1981), was a French painter who excelled in both oils and watercolors. He trained at the School of Fine Arts in Nantes and later in Paris at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Levrel was part of Post-Impressionism, and the Figurative movement after the war.
He was awarded the Abd-el-Tif Prize in 1928 traveled and painted in Algiers and southern Algeria, especially Touggourt. Levrel returned to France in 1930 and traveled with his family to Douai then at Aix-en-Provence. The South inspired many of his oils and watercolors of their time in Corsica, Marseille, Provence and La Sainte Victoire.
Levrel spent his mid-life living in and painting Paris, capturing a vast and eclectic collection of views of Parisian life. In the fifties and sixties Levrel briefly returned to Algeria, then traveled to England, Scotland, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. He spent his later life living between Paris and Brittany, painter of the sea and countryside of north-west of France. [DES-12/15]