Gaston Sébire (1920-2001)

Gaston Sébire’s paintings demonstrate a deliberate shift away from the abstract styles that had been at the forefront of the art market for many years. His more traditional artistic style and subjects reflected the works of the Impressionist painters that he had grown up studying. Preferring to live and work in a quiet and natural setting, Sebire’s affinity for the serenity he found in nature is apparent in all of his works, whether they show a garden, a marina, or a lone bridge over the Seine.

Sébire was born in Rouen on August 18, 1920 in Saint-Samson Calvados. As an aspiring, self-taught young artist, Sébire worked as a clerk in a Post Office sorting letters, choosing to work at night so that he could devote himself to painting during the day. For his first show in Rouen, Sébire loaded a wheelbarrow with his paintings and pushed it to the gallery. A group of art lovers were so impressed with his work that they guaranteed Sébire an annual stipend equal to his post office salary so that he could paint full-time. From that moment on, Sébire was a professional painter.

In 1953, a year after his first exhibition in Paris, Sébire won two presetigious awards: the Prix de la Critique and the Prix Casa Velasquez. The latter of these gave him the opportunity to work in Spain for nearly two years.

Sebire and Hambourg
Image Courtesy of the Findlay Institute

Sébire capitalized on the ever-rising popularity of his paintings by participating in many different exhibitions.  He found great success in both exhibitions of the Paris School and, in 1957, the Biennale de Jeunes at the Pavillion de Marsan. His work also appeared in many international shows which include the cities of London, Munich, Washington, and Tokyo. Sébire won a number of prestigious awards, including the Grand Prix of the Biennale of Trouville in 1966, the Gold Medal of the Salon des Artistes Francais, and Medal of Honor at the Salon de la Marine in 1968. These notable recognitions were quickly followed by others. In 1975, Sébire became the official painter of the Marine National, or French Navy, as well as receiving one of France’s most coveted awards when he was made Chevalier dans l’Order National du Merite.

Gaston Sébire passed away in 2001 after a decades-long career of enjoying exceptional success and creating captivating paintings.

Record Price Achieved at Auction
$ 14,400
Floral Still Life
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Fine American and European Paintings, Drawings, Prints and Sculpture
Lot 162
May 1, 2014

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