An oil on canvas measuring 63X55 cm representing a bastide Provencal signed lower left.
From her real name Cécile Hofer-Houriet, Cilette Ofaire was born in Couvet (Val-de-Travers, Neuchâtel) in 1891 and died in Sanary-sur-Mer (Var, France) in 1964. After studies in Neuchâtel and Basel, she stays in Paris where she tries to live from her painting with her husband, Charles Hofer, also a painter. After the First War, where Charles embarked and he returned morally destroyed, the couple decided to buy a houseboat, the San Luca, and to follow the canals, from Hamburg to the Mediterranean, a journey that the writer tells in his first book, The San Luca. Then, separated from her husband, and having had to give up the painting for an attack on the optic nerve, Cilette Ofaire frees a sailboat, L'Ismé, and sails from the English coast to Ibiza, where the Spanish war catches her. Her boat is sunk and she is repatriated to France, first to Toulon, then to Sanary where she will live, sometimes very poorly, until her death, devoting herself to her garden, to her friends and to writing. Of the seven books that make up the complete works of Cilette Ofaire, two are the stories of his travels, the others are novels with surprisingly modern bill for the time, and very close in their themes and landscapes of the life of their author .