This oil on canvas features the town of Penmarch, located in the Finistre department of Brittany, north-west France. The church of St, Nouna, a Gothic building from the 16th century, is at the far right. One can see the influence of Van Gogh on Rapp’s choice of both color and brushstroke. The canvas size is 15 1/8 x 24. It is housed in a 24 x 33 x 2-inch burnished gold frame, engraved with a floral-leaf pattern. The linen liner has a gold fillet. $1,650.
The painting is accompanied by a gallery brochure from the former Reyn Gallery, Madison Avenue at 64th St., NY, and excerpts read as follows: Ginette Raap was born in 1928 in Paris, the daughter or a noted antiquarian who gave her a taste for art at an early age. During the was the family fled to the South of France to stay until the liberation in 1945, after which Ginette took courses at the Ecole du Louvre and entered the Julian Academy in Paris. When she was only 22, she was accepted in the Salon d’Automne with a canal scene, and during the same year she sold her first canvas to a famous Swiss collector. Since then she has shown regularly in Paris galleries and in major salons. A trip to Brittany in 1955 produced a series of landscapes and marines, which were exhibited at the Tate. She has her first one-man show in London the same year. Two years later she visited Holland, and was deeply influenced by Rembrandt, Bruegel and Van Gogh. The paintings of Ginette Raap, in the great tradition of Courbet, began with somber, stark tones, but in recent years have become much more colorful.