This watercolour of a firethorn, or pyracantha, was made by Dutch artist and illustrator Johan Briedé. The sheet, containing a single branch of the shrub, with its bright orange-red berries. The artist signed the work with pencil, right below the pencil sketch of a detail. He probable created the work in Castellar, near Menton in the South of France, on 11 December 1954.
The sheet shows slight water staining on the right hand side.
Johan Briedé (1885-1980) was born in Rotterdam, and was trained as an artist at several academies, where Chris Lebeau and Willem Wenckebach were among his teachers. He is primarily known as an illustrator, but occasionally created autonomous artworks. He did so under his own name and as his pseudonym J.B. de Chateauroux.
In his work, several themes recur, like landscapes and animal depictions. Particularly close up drawing and paintings of plants were among his favourite themes. Towards the end of his life, he was more or less forgotten, but in recent years his work has gained popularity.
|Medium||Pencil and watercolour on paper|
|Dimensions||230 x 315 mm (image)|
Private collection, The Netherlands