Bernard BOUTET DE MONVEL (Paris 1884 - Azores 1949)

Three Men Drinking

Pen and black ink, over a pencil underdrawing, on papier calque.
Stamped with the artist’s posthumous studio stamp (not in Lugt) at the lower right.
159 x 185 mm. (6 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.)


The present sheet is a study for an illustration in the short story ‘Deuil’ (‘Mourning’), written by the artist’s brother Roger Boutet de Monvel and published in the Gazette du Bon Ton in October 1920. This illustration appears at the end of the piece.

Founded by Lucien Vogel in 1911 and first published in 1912, the Gazette du Bon Ton was an monthly illustrated magazine devoted to fashion, elegance and art. Publication was suspended in August 1914, with the outbreak of war, and resumed in January 1920. Boutet de Monvel had a long association with the magazine, for which he provided numeorus vignettes and illustrations. (Among the other artists involved in producing illustrations for the Gazette du Bon Ton were Georges Lepape, Pierre Brissaud, André-Edouard Marty, Charles Martin and George Barbier.) As has been noted of his illustrations for the magazine, ‘Boutet de Monvel’s work...was striking for the pared back and rectilinear qualities that were so characteristic of the sleekness of his style. In place of sinuous curves, elaborate volutes and glistening golds, he preferred the pure, controlled lines of a pale outline...This productive economy of means led him to also make color subordinate to line.’

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.


Three Men Drinking


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