Louis-Maurice BOUTET DE MONVEL (Orléans 1850 - Paris 1913)

Design for the Poster for the 19th Annual Exhibition of the Société des Aquarellistes Français, Paris, 1897

Watercolour, ink wash, heightened with gold and gouache, on paper laid down on canvas.
Signed MB de Monvel at the centre right.
955 x 632 mm. (37 5/8 x 24 7/8 in.)

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This large watercolour is a design for the poster for the 19th annual exhibition of the Société des Aquarellistes Français, held in May and June of 1897. The Société des Aquarellistes Français was founded in 1879 at the Galerie Durand-Ruel in Paris, by a group of artists that included Eugène Lami, Ferdinand Heilbuth, Gustave Doré and Jean-Georges Vibert. Maurice Boutet de Monvel joined the association in 1890, alongside James Tissot, Léon Augustin Lhermitte, Henri-Joseph Harpignies, Ernest Meissonier and Léon Bonnat, and exhibited there annually for many years.

As a contemporary of the artist noted of Boutet de Monvel, ‘In the rooms on the Rue de Sevres where the Society of Water Colorists have exhibited for so many years, and also in the Galleries of the Champs Élysées, we have tasted the most delicate artistic delights before the works of this master. Under his signature we have seen the most beautiful fantasies...’

An impression of the finished poster, printed by Imprimerie F. Champenois, is in the collection of the Musée Carnavalet in Paris.

The composition used in this design, however, may be dated several years earlier, since a close variant of it was first seen, with the title Un Conte de fées (‘A Fairy Tale’), in a watercolour exhibited by Boutet de Monvel at the Société des Aquarellistes Français in 1891. The image was also used in the catalogue of the exhibition.

Provenance:
The artist’s son, Bernard Boutet de Monvel, Paris
Thence by descent to his daughter, Sylvie Boutet de Monvel, Paris.

Literature:
Paris, Galerie Manzi-Joyant, Exposition rétrospective de l’oeuvre de Maurice Boutet de Monvel, 1913, no.83.

Louis-Maurice BOUTET DE MONVEL

Design for the Poster for the 19th Annual Exhibition of the Société des Aquarellistes Français, Paris, 1897

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