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

The Guardian Angel Sold

Watercolour and gouache. Laid down.
Signed and dated Ch. Maurin / 1894 at the lower right.
650 x 465 mm. (21 5/8 x 18 1/4 in.)


Signed and dated 1894, this large and highly finished watercolour and gouache drawing is unrelated to any painting or print by Charles Maurin, and must have been executed as an independent work of art. Studies of young girls appear in around fifty works by the artist – paintings, pastels, drawings and prints – and make up a distinct part of his oeuvre, but the present sheet is much more refined in handling and appearance than most of these. Instead, this impressive work may be related to a small group of highly finished religious or allegorical subjects by Maurin, dating from the first half of the 1890s.

Among stylistically comparable works on paper of this type is a large Annunciation in pastel and gouache with gold, signed and dated 1893, in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Quimper, and an equally large allegorical drawing of Virtue Between Two Vices (also known as L’Amour profond), likewise executed in pastel and gouache and dated 1893, in a private collection in Paris. Like these two works, the present sheet displays something of the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites on Maurin.

Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby’s, 26 May 1994, lot 196
Private collection, New Jersey.

Charles MAURIN

The Guardian Angel


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