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Louis Pastour

Louis Pastour is a French born painter from Cannes, he became part of the post impressionist movement through his own technique, painting with a knife. From childhood, he expressed his passion, his desire to paint and his vocation to set his feelings about the beauty of nature and landscapes, by the play of the colour, of the light and pulp.


In 1902, Pastour founded the Association des Beaux Arts de Cannes; a worker group with a passion for art, and creates an annual exhibition of local painters. With his success from this venture, he opened a shop of colors and art supplies "The Palette of Rubens.". This place of cultural exchange becomes the centre of a regional art movement.


He began to hold exhibitions within the prestigious galleries in his city of Cannes. By the 1940s these exhibitions in the galleries became permanent. His paintings have since been acquired by various museums like the Louvre, the Musée du Luxembourg in Pari and the Jules Cheret museum in Nice.

Hard times forced him to work at the age of 13 years as a journeyman painter. At 18 he moved to Paris. Working during the day he attended evening classes at the "Ecole des Arts Decoratifs". He progressed rapidly, drawing from model and Sunday from nature, with his box slung. To save his brush, he began painting the palette knife. This technique suits him perfectly, because no theoretical method exist. It then uses all the resources of its flexible blade, releasing all his artistic temperament. Sometime later and back in Cannes Louis Pastour married the love of his life, Magdalene; they later had a son whom they named Auguste.

Flowers, French Riviera

Flowers, French Riviera

Oil on Board 13.8 x 17" £995

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