On the subject of finding shocking bargains in various charity and junk shops; I present what may well be The Find of 2018. Hidden behind various rubbish prints on the bottom shelf in a dark corner of Parchemin Limoux was this treasure. ONE EURO!
Someone had covered the painting with a sheet of dirty perspex. It was signed and dated, I knew that it was Carcassonne “castle”, and indeed the words”Cité de Carcassonne” were faintly distinguishable on the back.
It is a lovely painting in it’s own right. Oil on board. The way the artist has captured the fall of the light on stone and grass is particularly beguiling.
I hadn’t heard of J Ourtal, so I googled him. Here are some links to start you off if you care to investigate–
An Audoise painter and truly local to this region. We must go and check out his other paintings at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Carcassonne and in the salons de l’Hôtel de la Cité.