Bernard BOUTET DE MONVEL (Paris 1884 - Azores 1949)
A Walking Man in a Suit, with a Cane
Pen and black ink, over a pencil underdarwing, on papier calque
Stamped with the artist’s posthumous studio stamp (not in Lugt) at the lower right.
186 x 95 mm. (7 3/8 x 3 3/4 in.)
A study for an illustration accompanying an article entitled ‘La Belle Canne’, written by Eugène Marsan and published in the December 1920 issue of the Gazette du Bon Ton. The drawing appears at the end of the article, which discusses the proper use of the cane, and notes that if one is over twenty-five years of age, and wishes to have an air of assurance or authority, one needs to have a beautiful cane. Only one in rush, bamboo or rattan will do, however, and while some canes will be curved so to put them on your arm, under no circumstances should one swing a cane by the smaller end, which only a half-wit would do.
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.
Eugène Marsan, ‘La Belle Canne’, Gazette du Bon Ton, December 1920, p.320.