|Bouquet of Poppies in the Middle of the Wheat, Raymond Normand|
|Raymond Norman, 1998|
|Nénette Nursing Her Cabri, 1955, Raymond Normand|
|Famine, 1967, Raymond Normand, one of his rare moves away from landscapes.|
|Just Normand, Father of the Artist,|
1962, Raymond Normand.
In terms of his art, Raymond Normand has more in common with Vincent van Gogh than any of the others from the region, as seen in his Bouquet of Poppies in the Middle of Wheat (top), though there is certainly the element of Cezanne and possibly Renoir in his work. One might say he gets his color from van Gogh, his style from Cezanne, and his technique from Renoir. It goes without saying, that makes up quite a pedigree. Raymond Norman was born about as far from the glorious Mediterranean coast of France as is geographically possible and still be within the country--the far northern Normandy area, almost in Belgium--a dirty little industrial town called Auby, whose major industry seems to have been mining coal and raising goats. Raymond's father (right), in fact, had been a coal miner until WW I, from which he came back too disabled to return to the mines. He then became an electrician.
|Purple Cabris, Raymond Normand|
|Portrait of Maria Normand |
knitting, Raymond Normand.
|Portrait of a Young Adolescent,|
1980, Raymond Normand
Then, in 1937, Raymond's parents decided to move the family to the south of France, near Marseilles, where the climate was dryer and it was hoped, better for their son's health. There he once more attended art school for the next four years until the Nazi army captured the area. In 1943, they sent Normand off to Germany to compulsory labor service, though because of his legs, he was given an office assignment. After the war, Normand returned to live with his parents, while working at various menial odd jobs, such as herding goats and other types of farm work. He also returned to painting, falling in love with the area near Aix-en-Provence. Around 1950, Raymond and his parents moved to the small cottage on the outskirts of Ventabren that was to be his home for the next fifty years until his death in 2000 at the age of eighty. His parents seemed to have live to be quite elderly as well, he painted a portrait of his aged father as late as 1962.
|The Gods of the Stadium, Raymond Normand|
|The Green Cat, Raymond Normand|
|Almond Tree in Bloom, Raymond Normand|
|You be the judge. I found this Mediterranean|
seascape signed by "Normand" (but not his
normal signature). Is it by Raymond Normand?
If so it would appear to be one from quite early
in his career before he embraced Impressionism.