JEAN DERVAL (1925 – 2010): The City Square – An original vintage illustration, possibly for a book, circa 1940s

Jean Derval (1925 – 2010): The City Square – An original vintage illustration, possibly for a book, featuring a stylised scene of an Edwardian era figure in a city square (possibly Place de l’Opera, Paris), circa 1940s. The painting is in gouache on paper, and bears signature to lower right artwork.

Dimensions height 22.25 x width 15.75cm

The Artist

Jean Derval (1925 – 2010) was a French artist known particularly for his influential work as a ceramicist.

Derval initially trained as a poster artist and Graphic Designer at the School of Applied Art in Paris. We believe this Jean Derval City Square illustration was produced during this period.

In 1945, he decided to move away from graphic art, choosing instead to work as a ceramic artist. These pieces he would become highly collectable and those Derval is most recognised for.

His career developed during the mid 20th century. By the early 1950s Derval had his own studio and was producing unusual and unique ceramic work. His ceramic art was highly prized –  receiving an award from the Cannes International Academy of Ceramics in 1955. Derval’s work is sometimes associated with that of his contemporaries including Roger Capron, Robert Picault and Pablo Picasso,

By the 1960s Derval’s work had become highly sculptural, reflecting cubist influences.

For further reading about the artist see: Jean Derval: Céramiste et sculpteur by Patrcik Favardin and Jean-Jacques Wattel.

To read more online about Jean Derval see

Further works by the artist from this series are included in our store see JEAN DERVAL (1925 – 2010): The Piano Lesson – An original vintage illustration, possibly for a book, c. 1940s

Dimensions: 22.25 x 15.75cm


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Condition Report: Overall good condition, some discolouration, minor staining, handling creases and rounding to corners. Displays well (see images).

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