This lovely and idyllic scene depicts a group of bathers along a river in Guadeloupe, with a lush and densely wooded background. The work was painted by Georges François, a well-known French artist of the period. It measures 72 ½ in – 184.1 cm wide, 45 in – 114.3 cm in height and a depth of 3 in – 7.6 cm, including the simplistic but bold styled frame. The painting itself measures 65 in – 165.1 cm wide by 37 ½ in – 95.3 cm. This substantial sized painting would make an amazing feature piece for many different rooms and decors.
Georges François (1880-1968) was born in Saint-Gourgon in the French Department Loi-et-Cher. He studied first at the École des Beaux Arts in Tours, from 1921 on in Paris with Jean Paul Laurens. François undertook many journeys, among others to Morocco, the USA, Martinique and Guadaloupe. From 1910 on he was represented at the exhibitions in the Salon d’Hiver, the Salon de la Marine and the Salon des Artistes française. Between 1921 and 1958 he exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants. François worked mainly as a graphic designer and also created posters, stamps and wall decorations. His subjects included landscapes, genre scenes and architectural motifs, with his style of rapid spontaneous brush strokes.