Georges Antoine ROCHEGROSSE (Versailles 1859 - El-Biar, Algiers 1938)
A Japanese Interior with a Woman and Child: Design for an Illustration
Pen and black ink.
Signed GRochegrosse at the lower right.
326 x 316 mm. (12 7/8 x 12 1/2 in.)
Many of Georges Rochegrosse’s paintings and drawings of the period between 1890 and 1920 feature his favourite model and longtime muse; his wife Marie Leblond, who may have posed for the present sheet. Although obviously intended as a design for a page of text for an as-yet unidentified book or magazine, this drawing displays something of the spirit of one of Rochegrosse’s earliest mural projects; the extensive, Japanese-inspired decoration of the Parisian apartment of his stepfather, the poet Théodore de Banville, on which he worked between 1878 and 18861, as well as similar painted decorations on panel, executed around 1880, for Banville’s summer home at Lucenay-les-Aix, in the Nièvre départementin central France.