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Vigny, Sylvainlocked

French, 20th century, male.

Born 8 April 1903, in Vienna, Austria; died 4 February 1970, in Nice.

Painter. Figures, nudes, scenes with figures, genre scenes, landscapes, seascapes, flowers.

Sylvain Vigny arrived in France in 1929 and after a life of adventure in Vienna and Paris he discovered Nice in 1934 and settled there. He received no formal training in drawing or painting.

In 1928 he illustrated Danse Macabre ( La Danse Macabre), by Fagus. His painting is stark but warm, anxious and chaotic, while the setting of figures with their nostalgic noble or middle-class hairstyles is reminiscent of Spain, Venetian festivals, and the Belle Époque. Vigny saw the world as a fantastic tragic show. He painted sorrowful figures, women with ungainly forms, beach scenes and compositions imbued with mysticism.

Auction Records

Paris, 23 Feb 1949: Figures in a Garden (Personnages dans un jardin), FRF 23,500; Recumbent Nudes, FRF 18,500

Paris, 9 and 10 June 1954: Village Street with Figures, FRF 60,000

Paris, 4 June 1964: Woman with Vase, FRF 6,600

Paris, 6 March 1968: 1st May, FRF 9,000

Geneva, 8 Dec 1973: Montmartre, CHF 4,000

Versailles, 18 June 1974: Sailing Ships in the Harbour (Les voilliers dans le port), FRF 7,000

Versailles, 29 Feb 1976: Figures on the Bridge (Personnages sur le port) (gouache, 17¾ × 23½ ins/45 × 59.5 cm) FRF 1,400

Versailles, 12 May 1976: Violinists (oil on canvas, 31½ × 39¼ ins/80 × 100 cm) FRF 4,800

Nice, 7 June 1978: Woman on a White Horse (La cavalière au cheval blanc) (oil on canvas, 22¾ × 28¼ ins/58 × 72 cm) FRF 4,000

Paris, 21 April 1988: Fiacre on the Promenade (oil on card, 19 × 25¼ ins/48.5 × 64 cm) FRF 2,500; People Walking along La Croisette in Cannes (Promeneurs à Cannes sur la Croisette) (oil on canvas, 22½ × 27½ ins/57 × 70 cm) FRF 5,500

Paris, 4 May 1988: Heart - Biblical Theme (oil on canvas, 32 × 39¼ ins/81 × 100 cm) FRF 8,000

Paris, 15 June 1988: Little Girl with Vase of Flowers (oil on canvas, 35¾ × 9½ ins/91 × 24 cm) FRF 10,000

Paris, 22 Nov 1988: Beach (1957, gouache, 19¾ × 25½ ins/50 × 65 cm) FRF 25,000

Paris, 15 March 1989: Left Profile of Woman (oil on canvas, 22 × 18 ins/55 × 46 cm) FRF 5,200

la Varenne-St-Hilaire, 21 May 1989: Flowers in a Vase (oil on paper, 25¼ × 19¾ ins/64 × 50 cm) FRF 7,500

Neuilly, 5 Dec 1989: Young Girl (oil on canvas, 36¼ × 25½ ins/92 × 65 cm) FRF 12,000

Paris, 20 Feb 1990: Figures at the Seaside (oil on canvas, 19¾ × 24 ins/50 × 61 cm) FRF 7,500

Paris, 4 April 1990: Clown (oil on card, 25½ × 19¾ ins/65 × 50 cm) FRF 18,500

Paris, 26 April 1990: Woman in a Hat (oil on canvas, 25½ × 19¾ ins/65 × 50 cm) FRF 15,000

Neuilly, 26 June 1990: Landscape (oil on canvas, 23½ × 28¾ ins/60 × 73 cm) FRF 21,000

Paris, 12 Dec 1990: Sailing Ships on a Beach with Figures (Voiliers sur une plage animée) (oil on panel, 18 × 24½ ins/46 × 62 cm) FRF 7,500

Paris, 14 Jan 1991: Family by Lake (oil on panel, 19¾ × 24½ ins/50 × 62.5 cm) FRF 10,000

Neuilly, 20 Oct 1991: Port Entrance (L'entrée du port) (oil on paper, 18½ × 25¼ ins/47 × 64 cm) FRF 8,000

Paris, 15 April 1992: Figures under a Blue and Red Sky (oil on paper/panel, 19 × 26 ins/48 × 66 cm) FRF 4,500

Paris, 20 Dec 1993: By the Beach (oil on card, 19¾ × 25½ ins/50 × 65 cm) FRF 5,000

Paris, 8 Feb 1995: Sailing Ships and the Beach (oil on card, 20 × 25¾ ins/50.5 × 65.7 cm) FRF 9,000

Vienna, 31 Oct 2000: Beach in Nizza (c. 1935, oil on canvas, 13 × 18 ins/33 × 46 cm) ATS 75,000

Vienna, 29 Nov 2000: Still-life of Fruits (oil on canvas, 20 × 24 ins/50 × 61 cm) ATS 35,000

Vienna, 18 April 2001: Wooded Landscape (oil on canvas, 18 × 22 ins/46 × 55 cm) ATS 22,000

Vienna, 27 Nov 2001: On the Beach (oil on canvas, 18 × 22 ins/46 × 55 cm) ATS 22,000

Paris, 16 April 2002: Walk under the Trees (oil on card, 18 × 21 ins/45 × 54 cm) EUR 1,990

Nice, 18 June 2002: Figures on Beach with Many People in the foreground (oil on canvas, 51 × 63 ins/129 × 160 cm) EUR 2,100

Paris, 3 March 2003: Vase of Flowers (oil on card, 20 × 15 ins/50 × 38 cm) EUR 1,550