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Jean Lareuse (French, b. 1925), "Four Polo Players", 1974, oil on canvas, signed, dated

Jean Lareuse (French, b. 1925), "Four Polo Players", 1974, oil on canvas, signed, dated

Item Description:

Signed and dated "'74 Jean Lareuse" lower right, framed, bearing tag from Wally Findlay Gallery, New York City, on reverse


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Inherited by descent

A gift to the current owner


Height 13 in. x Width 16 in. (sight).
Height 21 in. x Width 24 in. (frame).

About The Artist:

Jean Lareuse was born in French Guyana in 1925 to Catalonian parents. After he began to paint at the age of 13, Lareuse went on to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. In 1948, his first solo exhibition was held at the Galerie Ariel in Paris.

In the 1950s, Lareuse journeyed to the United States and decided to make New York City his home until 1970, when he moved back to France with his family. Though he continues to make frequent visits to the United States, he maintains his Paris studio and private collection of fine art at his Paris home. His work is characterized by dabs of bright primary colors and simple compositions with clean, delineated forms. A talented painter, Lareuse has mastered both oil paint and watercolor.

Work by the artist has been exhibited internationally throughout his career, and is held in venerable public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. In 1955, the artist was honored with the French First Prize of the President.

This painting of four polo players reflects the artist'€™s love of horses and racing. Racing is a major theme throughout Lareuse'€™s oeuvre, or body of work. The artist has painted the excitement and patrons at Auteuil, Saint-Cloud, and Longchamp race tracks, located near his home. At the racetracks, Lareuse quickly sketches cartoons of the horses and their jockeys in motion. Later, in his studio, the artist transfers his ideas to canvas.

This work depicts a bright and hopeful sun-soaked day at the polo grounds. Lareuse brilliantly captures the momentum of the polo ponies and the swinging sticks of their jockeys. The background is made up of quick swaths of broad colors and nondescript forms, conveying the speed and precision of the players' movements.


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