Bernard BOUTET DE MONVEL (Paris 1884 - Azores 1949)

A Recumbent Woman and a Standing Man

Pen and black ink, over a pencil underdrawing, on papier calque, laid down.
Signed with the artist’s monogram BMB at the lower right.
Numbered 4 and inscribed La posture dans laquelle s’était mise la malheureuse n’en / offrait pas moins quelque chose de révoltant. in pencil at the bottom.
187 x 265 mm. (7 3/8 x 10 3/8 in.)

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The scene seems to show a man criticizing a woman for sitting on the foor in an unladylike manner, and the inscription at the bottom of the sheet may approximately be translated as ‘The posture in which the unhappy woman had placed herself nevertheless offered something revolting.’

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

Bernard BOUTET DE MONVEL

A Recumbent Woman and a Standing Man

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