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Othello Radou, Le Port Au Printemps

Le Port au Printemps
Oil on paper laid down on canvas:
48 x 64 cm
Framed size: 70 x 83 cm
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Othello Radou

Le Port au Printemps

Othello Radou, Ete En Rouge II

Été en Rouge II
Oil on canvas: 160 x 130 cm
Dated 1964

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Été Rouge II

Othello Radou, Le Champs De Bourgogne II

Le Champs de Bourgogne II
Oil on paper laid down on canvas:
49 x 63 cm
Framed size: 70 x 85 cm

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Le Champs de Bourgogne II

Othello Radou, Entre Rivière Et Forêt

Entre Rivière et Forêt
Oil on canvas: 162 x 130 cm
Dated 1974

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Entre Rivière et Forêt

Othello Radou, L'Après-midi

L’Après-midi
Oil on canvas: 73 x 100 cm
Signed and Dated 1946

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L’Après-midi

Othello Radou, Composition En Rouge Et Vert

Composition en Rouge et Vert
Oil on canvas: 160 x 71  cm
Signed & Dated 1949

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Composition en Rouge et Vert

Othello Radou, Harmonie En Vert Et Gris

Harmonie en Vert et Gris
Oil on canvas: 81 x 100 cm
Signed & Dated 51′

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Harmonie en Vert et Gris

Reflets sur la Mer
Oil on canvas: 130 x 97 cm
Signed & Dated ’70

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Reflet sur la Mer

Othello Radou, Le Desert Rouge

Le Desert Rouge
Oil on canvas: 98 x 130 cm
Signed & Dated 1960

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Le Desert Rouge

Othello Radou, Les Couleurs D'Été

Les Couleurs d’Été
Oil on canvas: 160 x 130 cm
Signed & Dated 1986 – 1987

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Les Couleurs d’Été

Othello Radou, Le Port Méditerranéen II

Le Port Méditerranéen II
Oil on canvas: 160 x 130 cm
Signed & Dated 1974

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Le Port Méditerranéen II

Othello Radou, La Côte Rose

La Côte Rose
Oil on canvas: 160 x 130 cm
Signed & Dated 1981 – 1982

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La Côte Rose

Othello Radou, La Fôret Tropicale

La Fôret Tropicale
Oil on canvas: 146 x 114 cm
Signed & Dated 1979

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La Fôret Tropicale

Othello Radou, Été En Rouge I

Été en Rouge I
Oil on canvas: 163 x 130 cm
Circa 1964

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Été en Rouge I

Othello Radou, Le Palmeraie

La Palmeraie
Oil on canvas: 160 x 130 cm
Signed & Dated 1963 – 1980

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La Palmeraie

Othello Radou, Paysage Jaune

Paysage Jaune
Oil on canvas: 82 x 100 cm
Signed & Dated 1961

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Paysage Jaune

Othello Radou, Paysage D'Été

Paysage d’Été
Pastel: 50 x 62 cm

£5,000

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Paysage d’Été

Othello Radou, La Brise D'ete

La Brise d’Été
Pastel: 62 x 48 cm

£4,800

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La Brise d’Été

Othello Radou, Les Collines De Provence

Les Collines de Provence
Pastel: 48 x 62 cm

£4,800

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Les Collines de Provence

Othello Radou, Paysage D'automne

Paysage d’Automne
Mixed Media: 47 x 62 cm

£6,000

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Paysage d’Automne

Othello Radou, Paysage De Printemps

Paysage de Printemps
Pastel: 48 x 62 cm

£6,000

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Paysage de Printemps

Othello Radou, Rythme D'Été

Rythme d’Été
Pastel: 48 x 62 cm

£5,500

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Rythme d’Été

Othello Radou, La Ville

La Ville
Mixed Media: 62 x 45 cm

£4,000

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La Ville

Othello Radou, Soleil Couchant

Soleil Couchant
Mixed Media: 46 x 60 cm

£6,000

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Soleil Couchant

12

Born in Monte Carlo in 1910, Othello Radou forged his artistic career in a vein of Geometric Abstraction that he made his own.

Dynamic, rhythmical, and in a palette at once audacious and restrained, Radou’s paintings moved Le Monde art critic Genevieve Breerette, who hailed them as “supple, harmonious and elegant,” and perceived that Radou knew how to “combine intuition and intelligence, reflection and sensibility.”

The meticulous hard work and discipline that Radou applied in creating his paintings was documented towards the end of his life, illustrating his artistic philosophy and techniques in his An Essay on Painting. In Radou’s writing emerge ideas that note the importance of music to his creative process.

Othello Radou believed that a painting is built in shapes and colours, the former originated by the artist, the latter comes organically out of the shapes and creates the harmony: “It’s the way the musician accomplishes his themes and melodies – the shapes – which makes the difference, rather than the techniques and harmonies themselves.”

A move to Paris at the age of 17 enabled Othello Radou to study under the tutelage of the artist Jean Lombard, who encouraged him to exhibit with a group of artists known as the Groupe du Vert-Bois. From 1943 onwards he regularly exhibited at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Indépendants in Paris.

Radou also participated in the inaugural exhibition of the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles in 1946, showing his work with other artists such as Auguste Herbin, Jean-Marie Euzet, and Henri Valensi. The art critic of Le Soir, Leon Degand, wrote of Radou in March 1947:

“With regard to painting, we hasten to draw attention to two revelations: Willy Mucha and Othello Radou. The fauvist expressionism of the first and the integral abstraction of the second, testify to serious qualities of invention. Their styles are not improvised and one discovers the complete presence of the artist. Two names that one likes the opportunity to find at private exhibitions.”

Throughout the 1940s and 1950s Othello Radou pursued his journey in search of elegance and perfection and continued to work with commitment and self-analysis, “An artist has to have himself as his own critic; on his own he will get lost. If he is not followed around by his own shadow, by his own discipline, then he will not get far.”

This intellectual and artistic quest led to a subtle change in the style of Radou’s paintings from the 1960s onwards, to an increasingly free interpretation, the geometric hand less formal and the abstraction more concentrated.

Indeed these later works could be described as “lyrical” Geometric Abstraction, with a more extensive “colourist” palette, evoking the intense hues of the South, the place of his birth.

During the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, Othello Radou exhibited extensively, continuing to exhibit annually at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Groupe du Vert Bois, and the Salon de Mai in Paris.

He had a critically acclaimed one-man show at the Galerie Camille Renault in 1971, was commissioned by the French State to execute murals at three different scholastic establishments and at the University of Grenoble, and had canvases purchased both by the Ville de Paris and the French State for the Musée d’Art Moderne. Radou also exhibited internationally in Germany, Canada, and Lebanon.

In the words of the art critic Jean Cassou on the occasion of Othello Radou’s solo show in 1971: 

“Radou is a demanding artist, who invents geometric forms which are imprisoned in a network of straight lines, spirals, curves and contre-curves, and which give his large paintings, at the same time, a firm structure and very dynamic rhythm and these recent canvases emphasise with more intensity the colours and are more subtle in composition.”

Following the death of his beloved wife Valeria, Radou found it increasingly difficult to maintain his creativity, and ceased to paint altogether in the final few years before his death in 2006 in Paris.

Othello Radou
Othello Radou, Study For Les Couleurs De Provence IV

Study for Les Couleurs de Provence IV

Oil on paper laid down on canvas: 65 x 50 cm
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Othello Radou, Roches Sur Le Bord De Mer

Roches sur le Bord de Mer

Oil on canvas: 130 x 160 cm
Signed & Dated 1983 – 84
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Othello Radou, Le Mistral

Le Mistral

Oil on canvas: 130 x 160 cm
Painted in 1985
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Othello Radou, Voiles Rouges

Voiles Rouges

Oil on canvas: 130 x 195 cm
Signed & Dated ’62
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Othello Radou, Rythme Vert

Rythme Vert

Oil on canvas: 100 x 81 cm
Signed & Dated 1948
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Othello Radou, Study I For Les Couleurs De Provence

Study I for Les Couleurs de Provence

Oil on paper laid down on canvas: 66 x 50 cm
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Othello Radou, Rythme Rouge

Rythme Rouge

Oil on canvas: 80 x 100 cm
Signed & Dated
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Othello Radou, Study For Nuit D’Automne

Study for Nuit d’Automne

Oil on paper laid down on canvas: 62 x 46 cm
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Othello Radou, Dans Le Parc Montsouris

Dans le Parc Montsouris

Oil on canvas: 100 x 73 cm
Signed & Dated 1945
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Othello Radou, Study For Nuance De Bleu, 1948

Study for Nuance de Bleu, 1948

Oil on paper laid down on canvas: 23 x 30 cm
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Othello Radou, L’Automne En Provence

L’Automne en Provence

Oil on paper laid down on canvas: 48 x 64 cm
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Othello Radou, La Moisson

La Moisson

Oil on paper laid down on canvas: 48 x 64 cm
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Othello Radou, Study For La Danseuse Africaine II

Study for La Danseuse Africaine II

Oil on paper laid down on canvas: 65 x 49 cm
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Othello Radou, Le Nuit De Jazz

Le Nuit de Jazz

Oil on paper laid down on canvas: 48 x 64 cm
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Othello Radou, Les Champs De Bourgogne

Les Champs de Bourgogne

Oil on paper laid down on canvas: 48 x 64 cm
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Othello Radou, Couleurs D’Afrique

Couleurs d’Afrique

Oil on canvas: 130 x 195 cm
Signed & Dated ’77
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Othello Radou, Marguerites

Marguerites

Oil on canvas: 160 x 130 cm
Signed and dated 1962
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Othello Radou, Study For Dans Le Parc Montsouris, 1945

Study for Dans le Parc Montsouris, 1945

Oil on paper laid down on canvas: 29 x 22 cm
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Othello Radou, Study For Rythme D’Automne

Study for Rythme d’Automne

Oil on paper laid down on canvas: 48 x 64 cm
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Othello Radou, Rythme Bleu Et Jaune

Rythme Bleu et Jaune

Oil on paper laid down on canvas: 48 x 64 cm
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Othello Radou, Le Petit Port

Le Petit Port

Oil on paper laid down on canvas: 48 x 64 cm
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Othello Radou, Le Port Méditerranéen

Le Port Méditerranéen

Oil on canvas: 130 x 162 cm
Signed & Dated 1951
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Othello Radou, Le Petit Yacht

Le Petit Yacht

Oil on paper laid down on canvas: 24 x 30 cm
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Othello Radou, Festival De Jazz

Festival de Jazz

Oil on canvas: 162 x 130 cm
Signed & Dated 1948
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Othello Radou, The artist's collection

OTHELLO RADOU

ATELIER RADOU
The artist’s collection (2013)

We introduced the French abstract artist Othello Radou to a UK audience with a series of very successful exhibitions in 2008 and 2010. Now we are very pleased to announce that the family of the artist has decided to release for sale the very last collection of paintings that up until now have remained in their collection.

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Othello Radou, Harmonies

OTHELLO RADOU

Harmonies (2012)

A selection of works on paper by Othello Radou. Following our 2008 sell-out exhibition Geometric Abstraction and the subsequent 2010 Themes and Melodies exhibition of oils by Othello Radou we are now delighted to release for sale a small collection of fine drawings.

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OTHELLO RADOU

Themes and Melodies: The achievement of la grandeur’. Paintings 1960 – 1980 (2010)

Following the great success of our first exhibition of this artist’s work in 2008, Othello Radou – Geometric Abstraction, covering the paintings he created in the 1940s and 1950s, we are proud to introduce for the first time to the public his last canvases: painted during the period 1960 – 1980.

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Othello Radou, Geometric Abstraction

OTHELLO RADOU

Geometric Abstraction (2008)

John Adams Fine Art is proud to introduce this eloquent series of paintings by the late Parisian artist Othello Radou. In his mid 20th Century heyday, Radou’s work drew great acclaim.

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