Chateau near Castelnau de Montmiral

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By Gordon Frickers 40 x 50 cms (15¾” x 19¾”), available, £2,000.

The painting.

Painted on location, typical of untypical properties in the remote mysterious L’Occitaine region of Midi-Pyrénées.

At the time the property was owned by the very hospitable Claude and Sylvie Picault.

Claude Picault, a real gentleman, Sylvie, charming, he was a former deck officer who I met when by designed chance when I painted’ plien aire’, his chateau near Castelnau de Montmiral.
I’d carefully chosen my subject and view.
While working in the company of another artist, chance played its hand, Claude came out to see the happening.
He invited us to his chateau, a warm friendship developed.

Claude had sailed with the Companie Generale Trans-Atlantique, became a friend and commissioned two marine paintings, one of his last ship, the ex Liberty class ‘Trun‘, the other of his family yacht.

Of the latter, Sylvie said, “a very nice yacht, at it’s best 60 km inland in a field“… The painting showed Nizou IV sailing off Scilly, family onboard. You can find this beautiful painting in the ‘Archive, Marine’ section.

Unfortunately, as was the spectacular “Liberty Ship, North Atlantic“, it was stolen from the Hotel Belvedere, Taormina, Sicily, a compliment we could have done without,  so the whereabouts of these original paintings are now unknown…

 

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