Large Maritime Painting - Acrylic on Canvas - (ID: Bernard Dufour)

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Post by Nic on December 18th 2010, 7:05 pm

The signature takes up a big corner of the painting, so it shouldn't be too hard to make out... but it is. For the image I've tried to darken the background to bring the writing to the fore. Looking at it again, it might not even be a Bernard! Laughter

There's no date, but it feels quite 1960s/70s. It came in a horrible 1980s metal frame, with the label for a (now-defunct) local framers on the backboard so this could be a later addition. Or the artist might be have felt a little bit retro that day.

I don't know if the boat registration hints towards the painting's origin? I couldn't find any 'MA' on any British records.

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Post by big ed on December 18th 2010, 7:30 pm

Could Be French artist Bernard Defour , I will check further.

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Post by big ed on December 18th 2010, 7:32 pm

Yup that's your man born 1922

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Post by dantheman on December 18th 2010, 7:34 pm

They remind me of fishing boats moored off the South coast of Andalucia so Malaga?

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Post by big ed on December 18th 2010, 7:36 pm

Sorry it's Dufour

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Post by dantheman on December 18th 2010, 7:37 pm

why are you sorry Ed,is he not worth much?

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Post by big ed on December 18th 2010, 7:39 pm

On ebay 140488432107

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Post by big ed on December 18th 2010, 7:39 pm

dantheman wrote:why are you sorry Ed,is he not worth much?
No I spelled his name wrong

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Post by Nic on December 18th 2010, 7:40 pm

Oh, excellent - cheers, Ed. Yup, definitely B. Dufour - found other examples of his sig.

It didn't occur to me that the last letter was an 'r', I could only see 's'.

I'll check on up the Malaga registrations in a bit. Ta for the suggestion.

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Post by Nic on December 18th 2010, 7:42 pm

200 on eBay. It'd be nice if it was worth that - mine was a tenner from Hemswell. Happy

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Post by big ed on December 18th 2010, 7:42 pm

http://search.aol.com/aol/image?q=Bernard Dufour&v_t=client-browser10-auth

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Post by big ed on December 18th 2010, 7:46 pm

Weve' had a few nice bits from Hemswell centre , including a1965 , 6 piece handbuilt bernard rooke lamp base .

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Re: Large Maritime Painting - Acrylic on Canvas - (ID: Bernard Dufour)

Post by Nic on December 18th 2010, 8:38 pm

Oh, this was from the carboot bit in October. Never actually bought anything from the antiques centres there.

Spotted a few similar paintings to mine dotted about on t'interwebs. 150 - 250 seems to be the going rate for these nice-but-formulaic touristy pieces.

Some of his more abstract portraits are a bit more stunning, though. Shocked

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Post by Nic on December 21st 2010, 10:46 pm

Small 'well I never' bit of information...

Bernard Dufour starred in the role of 'the artist's hand' in the extended close-ups of the main character painting in the film 'La Belle Noiseuse' (1991) - the rest of the character, when in repose, was played by Michel Piccoli of 'Belle de Jour' fame.

I saw it years ago and loved it.

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Post by tenpot on February 25th 2011, 6:12 pm

a dealer here claimed that Dufour worked as an assistant for Buffet ( another Bernard) and actually painted a lot of his paintings

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Post by tenpot on May 22nd 2011, 4:21 pm

today I saw a pile of Dufour painted canvasses I would have sworn they were origionals but they had never been streched and were a bit small for the type of brushwork some sort of screenprited reproduction but very well done

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Post by dantheman on May 22nd 2011, 4:35 pm

just shows how easy it can be to buy a copy thinking it's an original

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Post by Nic on May 22nd 2011, 7:41 pm

I spent a while looking at mine, before I bought it, trying to see if it was a print or an original because the paint is very thinly worked.

It's only when I got it home and dismantled the (very yucky) frame that I knew for sure it wasn't a screenprint.

There's a bit of stylistic similarity between Dufour and Buffet, it has to be said.

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Post by tenpot on May 22nd 2011, 8:49 pm

one clue I had was the size these canvases were 50 X 40cm but the brush strokes were very thin I'm sure the original paintings were much bigger

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