Simon Albert Bussy (1869-1954)
Crevette Rouge de Madere
Oil on canvas; initialled; signed and titled verso.
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
Bussy was from a peasant family in the Jura, where he won a local scholarship to study art in Paris. He attended the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs from 1860 and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts from 1890, where he became lifelong friends with fellow pupils Matisse and Rouault. Through Dorothea Strachey, whom he married in 1903, he met and painted the portraits of smart people in the Bloomsbury set, but his most successful work is the small, bold pictures of animals, birds and fishes from sketches made at London Zoo. Bussy exhibited this picture at the Venice Biennale in 1938.