Bernard BOUTET DE MONVEL (Paris 1884 - Azores 1949)

Women at a Bar

Pencil on papier calque.
Signed with the artist’s monogram BMB at the lower right.
Inscribed Vogel at the upper left, and traits noirs at the top centre.
Inscribed with measurements 17 at the bottom.
Further inscribed Bon 91 in blue chalk at the upper left.
186 x 264 mm. (7 3/8 x 10 3/8 in.)


A study for an illustration accompanying an article entitled ‘Les Masculines’, written by the artist’s brother Roger Boutet de Monvel, and published in the May 1922 issue of the Gazette du Bon Ton. In the article, the author states that, ‘There are those who walk the streets demanding the vote for women, those who slash paintings in museums…or who persist in hunger strikes when put in prison…I confess that, for my part, I reserve my preferences for ladies who merely translate their tastes and feelings into their outfits.’ According to the writer, it began with pyjamas. As men started to wear dressing gowns, women dressed in 'pierrot' trousers. Since they wished to be outside with these same trousers, they took up outdoor exercises such as skiing or bobsleighing, in particular, activities which ‘owe their success to the fact that they offer women a magnificent opportunity to disguise themselves as men.’ The same applies to equestrian women, who now choose to ride not sidesaddle but astride the horse.

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.

Roger Boutet de Monvel, ‘Les Masculines’, Gazette du Bon Ton, May 1922, p.101.


Women at a Bar


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