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M. Legendre Painting - Piccadilly Circus, London, 1950s

Maurice Legendre (French, b. 1928), London street scene, oil on canvas, ca. 1950s CE. Signed on the lower left by the artist. French impressionist and sculptor Maurice Legendre is best known for his lively scenes of London and Paris landmarks. Here we see a vibrant depiction of Piccadilly Circus in London's West End, with well-dressed ladies and gentlemen promenading arm in arm, automobiles bustling about, lamposts lining the streets, a sign reading "Astor" to the left, a sign reading "Wepler" on the lower right, a sign reading "Loterie Nat" on the upper right, and an equestrian bronze statue at the center. A wonderful view of this popular London landmark - an iconic site that has been compared to New York City's Times Square, has been featured in many films, and has inspired several novels including Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest". Size: 24" W x 18" H (61 cm x 45.7 cm)

Maurice Legendre was a student of Robert Couturier and Marcel Grimond. He won the prestigious Blumenthal prize in 1954 and the Brantome prize for sculpture in 1965.

Condition: Painting is in excellent condition. The back of the canvas has darkened a bit, commensurate with age. Original stretchers. Wired for suspension.

Provenance: private Lucille Lucas collection, Crested Butte, Colorado, USA

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