Bernard BOUTET DE MONVEL (Paris 1884 - Azores 1949)

An Elegantly Dressed Standing Woman Observed by Two Men in a Carriage

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.
129 x 187 mm. (5 1/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

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The standing woman at the left of the present sheet is closely related to a fashion illustration by Boutet de Monvel, depicting a woman wearing an evening dress designed by the House of Worth, published in the June 1920 issue of the Gazette du Bon Ton. Two preparatory drawings by Boutet de Monvel for the fashion plate are in private collections.

Founded in Paris in 1858 by the English couturier Charles Frederick Worth, the House of Worth was soon established among the leading houses of high fashion in Paris, a position it retained well into the 20th century. At the time that this drawing was made, the House of Worth was run by Charles Frederick Worth’s two sons, Gaston-Lucien and Jean-Philippe.

As the Boutet de Monvel scholar Stéphane-Jacques Addade has noted of the artist’s illustrations for the Gazette du Bon Ton, ‘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.’

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

An Elegantly Dressed Standing Woman Observed by Two Men in a Carriage

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