Harmonie d’Été

OTHELLO RADOU (1910-2006)

Harmonie d’Été

c. 1960 France

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Born in Monte Carlo in 1910, Othello Radou forged his artistic career in a vein of Geometric Abstraction that he made his own. Dynamic, rhythmical and in a palette at once audacious and restrained, his paintings moved Le Monde art critic Genevieve Breerette who hailed them as “supple, harmonious and elegant” and perceived that Radou knew how to “combine intuition and intelligence, reflection and sensibility”.

Following the great success of our first exhibition of this artist’s work in 2008 “Othello Radou - Geometric Abstraction” covering the paintings he created in the 1940’s and 1950’s, we are now delighted to be able to exhibit later works executed during the period 1960 - 1990. Although remaining faithful to Geometric Abstraction throughout his life, his later work became increasingly free, the geometric hand less formal and the abstraction more concentrated. Indeed, these later works could be described as “lyrical” Geometric Abstraction with a more extensive “colourist” palette, evoking the intense hues of the South, the place of his birth.

Throughout this later period Othello Radou continued to exhibit regularly at various group exhibitions such as the Salon des Realities Nouvelles, and was commissioned by the French State to execute murals at three different scholastic establishments in Paris, and one at the University of Grenoble. Several of his paintings were also purchased by the French State at this time for the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris.
His long-awaited one man show at the Galerie Camille Renault in 1971 was greeted with great critical plaudits. Les Lettres Francais wrote “This quietly tenacious artist, who, at the age of 60, is having his first one-man exhibition….has the knowledge to explode rigorous aestheticism to introduce all the elements which produce satisfaction of heart and mind“.

Described by those closest to him as “quiet, solitary and preoccupied with his work”, Radou was never at ease in the cut and thrust of the contemporary art world and was always more interested in the pursuit of his creative vision than in the limelight of fame. Indeed, as early as 1947, Leon Degand, art critic of Le Soir and staunch advocate of Radou, pleaded with him to come out of his shell, fearing that his hermetic lifestyle would jeopardise his place in posterity: “You have sufficient qualities, serious and original to establish yourself more deeply…it is important that, from now on, one can compare you with other artists of your generation”.
Following the death of his beloved wife Valeria in 1993, he found it increasingly difficult to re-ignite his enthusiasm and ceased to paint altogether in the final few years before his death in 2006.
Height 48.00 cm (18.90 inches)
Width 60.00 cm (23.62 inches)
Pastel on Paper
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