Charles Maurin (Le Puy-en-Velay 1856 - Grasse 1914)

A Reclining Female Nude Sold

Black chalk, pencil, watercolour and pastel, with touches of white heightening, on paper.
Signed Maurin in black chalk at the lower right.
316 x 480 mm. (12 1/2 x 18 7/8 in.) [sheet]


This beautiful and refined drawing is a splendid example of Maurin’s lifelong interest in the depiction of the female nude. Such voluptuous nudes appear in several of his paintings and in many of his prints and drawings. The solitary female nude was, in fact, one of the constant themes of Maurin’s graphic art, and the resulting prints and drawings are among the artist’s most striking and individual works. Like Degas, Maurin was fond of portraying women at intimate moments of their daily routine; ‘The themes of woman at their toilette, dressing, undressing, bathing, drying themselves, brushing their hair, contemplating themselves in front of a mirror are found earlier and less matter of factly in the prints and paintings of Degas and Cassatt.’ As Colin Eisler has further noted, ‘Maurin modernized the voluptuous nudes of the 60’s and 70’s. It was this aspect of his art that so appealed to Degas, who saw Maurin as heir to Ingres’s mastery of the nude.’

Among comparable pastel drawings by Maurin is a study of a young nude girl playing with a doll, in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Probably the vente d’atelier Charles Maurin, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 22 November 1998, lot 220 (‘Femme nue allongée vue de dos. Pastel, craie, aquarelle, signé en bas à droite. 28 x 45,5 cm.’).

Charles MAURIN

A Reclining Female Nude


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