Raymond Thibesart’s ethereal landscapes won great acclaim in the French Salons in the early twentieth century. Born in 1874, in the elegant town of Bar-sur-Aube, surrounded by gently rolling hills and the champagne vineyards of the Grand Est region, the beauty of the French landscape and the artistic possibilities that it evoked made a deep impression on the young Thibesart.
In his early twenties Thibesart studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and later at the progressive Académie Julian under the tutorage of Jules Lefebvre and Tony Robert-Fleury, who introduced a strong element of symbolism into his work.
In 1903 Thibesart moved to Vaux sur Seine in the countryside to the north-west of Paris, encouraged by Boggio who had moved to the area the year earlier. The two artists travelled frequently to Italy, Switzerland and Belgium, often with their fellow artist and friend Henri Martin, to find new sources of inspiration.
Thibesart worked in pastel outdoors, allowing him to make rapid sketches of changing light effects and atmospheric qualities of the landscape. Within the tranquillity of his studio, Thibesart would then transfer the colours, movements and atmosphere captured in pastel onto large scale canvases whilst ensuring the spontaneity of his subject was never lost. He died in 1968.