Bernard BOUTET DE MONVEL (Paris 1884 - Azores 1949)

La peinture absolue: A Man Looking at a Painting, Seen from Behind Sold

Pen and black ink, with touches of white gouache, over an underdrawing in pencil, on papier calque.
Signed with the artist’s monogram BMB at the lower right.
Numbered 543 and 2 in pencil at the top, and inscribed with measurements in black chalk and pencil at the left edge.
187 x 128 mm. (7 3/8 x 5 in.)

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This drawing was used to illustrate Henry Bidou’s short story ‘La peinture absolue’, published in the Gazette du Bon Ton of March 1920. The present sheet depicts Luc, an artist, admiring a painting by the Cubist artist Jean Metzinger, exhibited at Léonce Rosenberg’s Galerie l’Effort Moderne at 19, rue de la Baume in Paris. He studies each canvas closely, and greatly admires Metzinger’s technique and rigorous compositions.

Two other drawings by Boutet de Monvel illustrating the same story are also with Stephen Ongpin Fine Art.

Provenance:
Among the contents of the artist’s studio in Paris at the time of his death
By descent in the Boutet de Monvel family.

Bernard BOUTET DE MONVEL

La peinture absolue: A Man Looking at a Painting, Seen from Behind

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