Fernand Pinal (French, 1881 – 1958)

‘Reclining nude’,

Oil on canvas

29 x 45.3/4in. (unframed)

34.3/4 x 51.1/2in. (framed)

Signed F. Pinal. (lower left)


Condition: Not relined, patch to upper left / middle.  Good impasto, slight surface dirt, in good overall.  In a gilded frame with losses and chips. 

Pinal was an only child from a military family.  He was a student of Jacques-Emile Blanche and then quickly he entered the studio of Henri Martin (influences are seen in the current work) where he became friends with Henri Le Sidaner and Pierre Eugene Montezin.  He lived in Paris with his partner Helene Cherier, until 1907.  He fought in the first world war.  He was friends with many artist’s of the time and showed several times at the Salon de Lagny with Edouard Cortes, Alexandre Jacob and Pierre Montezin.  He was awarded a gold medal for one of his prints in the Salon of 1957.