Besse, André (Canadian) - "Old Montreal, Place Royal" Oil on canvas
Artist: Andre Besse (1922 - 2004)
Work and size: "Old Montreal, Place Royal" Oil on canvas, signed lower left 9 "x 12"; 22.86 x 30.48 cm
Artist bio: Besse was born in 1922 near Paris, the son of another painter named Raymond Besse. Raymond loved to illustrate life in the French capital city. Beginning in 1923, Raymond’s artistic reputation grew and he showed his works in many Paris exhibitions and salons.
Raymond taught Andre the family craft and the younger Besse studied art in Paris too. Very soon, Andre also was painting street scenes of Montmartre, Notre Dame, and the bridges over the Seine. He developed an impressionistic style like the one his father used.
Andre and his family eventually moved to the Loire Valley and Besse often painted in Orleans. Besse later moved to Montreal and exhibited both his Old World and New World art throughout North America. He died in 2004 at age 81,