Gaston BALANDE

(1880 -1971)

A FRENCH PAINTER AND ILLUSTRATOR KNOWN FOR HIS LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS. CHARACTERIZED BY LIGHT-DRENCHED SCENES RENDERED WITH A LUSH PAINT APPLICATION...

Businessman, author, composer, dramatist, art expert and art collector, George Whyte Grew up in Budapest in the early 1930s and then moved to the UK with his family. He always had a keen interest in the arts. When he was young, he wanted to be a composer but his father told him that he had to make a living. Therefore, he started a company that was then taken up by Maples furniture store and George Whyte ended up being chairman of Maples International. The store had a substantial art export section (he sold furniture sort of all-inclusive interior design) and together with his wife Sally he got more involved in cultural events. George looked for artists whose works he could sell in his shops.