This is a Mediterranean coastal village scene done in the impasto technique (a method where the artist applies some or all of the paint very thickly, often using a pallette knife).
Size of canvas on stretcher - 24" x 36"
Size of frame - 32" x 44"
Please note: My photograph is slightly distorted due to a too-close focal distance.
Camprio is believed to be a pseudonym for the Dutch artist Johannes Hubertus Hendrikus Bévort (1917-1996). Although many of his works can be found in the marketplace, it appears the art world had for a long time been uncertain exactly who Camprio was.
However, paintings have been listed for sale that exhibit both the Camprio and Bevort signatures.
Some references cite his birthplace as Italy. This may be. However, I believe the following bio is accurate:
?He was a Dutch impressionist of cities, maritime and landscapes in naturalistic style. He graduated from the Academy of Art Utrect, a student of professor Chris Van Agterberga and G Nijenhosia. He was a prominent member of international organization of Free Art.?
I tried diligently to find out something about the man ... But there is NOTHING written about him. So, here's some speculation:
Based on the writings of others, 1946 seems like it might be a good date range for this work. So, we have a young Dutch fellow about 27 or 28, hanging around Italy right after the end of World War 2. If he got out before the Nazis invaded Holland, that would be pre-1940. Maybe he was 21 to 23. Good time to head down to Spain (Utrecht in the Netherlands had been ruled by Spain in the 16th century) , drink some wine, meet some girls, avoid military service by pretending to be Italian. Who knows. After the war, drift over to Italy, hang out on the coast, maybe keep that Italian pseudonym and sell paintings during a tourism revival in those lovely Mediterranean towns.
Anyway, this seems to be one of those paintings. As Camprio, his works have reportedly sold for as much as $3,200 (in 1992). However, based on recent art auction results I've seen, $900 looks like the top end for Camprio paintings these days.
The artist matured, as we might expect. His later works signed 'Bevort' border on magnificent and appear to sell in the $4,000 range.
Condition is very good to excellent. It's a little dusty and there's a sliver off the top back of the frame that you cannot see when mounted.
Good luck at the auction!
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