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Maillart Mixed Media Female Portrait w/ Flowers, 1960

$1,995.00
Jean Denis Maillart (French, 1913-2004), Female Portrait with Floral Headdress, mixed media on Arches paper, ca. 1960 CE, signed in black at lower left. A striking portrait of a woman with an elaborate headdress of colorful spring flowers adorning her coiffure, the blossoms and sandy locks of hair radiating out from her profiled head. Maillart created this original mixed-media work (tempera paint with pastel and charcoal) on Arches paper (with watermark). Size: 30.125" L x 22.25" W (76.5 cm x 56.5 cm)

Jean-Denis Maillart was born in Paris and studied at the Institution of Sainte-Croix in Neuilly-sur-Seine, as well as the National School of Fine Arts. Grandson of the painter Diogene Maillart (1840-1926), who won the Grand Prix de Rome in painting, Maillart was a painter, a set designer, and an illustrator, known for his portraits, theater sets (Hebertot Theater, La Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera), and book illustrations, notably "Le Bateau Ivre" (The Drunken Boat) by Rimbaud. He also created frescoes for the Chapel of Blonville-sur-Mer. Maillart had his first exhibition at the Galerie Jean Pascaud in Paris in 1943. He also exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries, the Salon d'Automne, the Galerie Charpentier (1946), Durand-Ruel (1952), and Andre Weil (1960). Maillart traveled to the United States in 1957 and 1961. His works were acquired by museums, including his "Portrait of General Guillaume" at the Gap Museum, "Portrait of Suzy Solidor" at the Museum of Cagnes-sur-Mer, and the "Vainqueur (Winner)" at the Museum of Fontainebleau. Maillart was awarded the Vermeil Medal of the City of Paris in 1982. During his final years, Maillart retired to Normandy, Cabourg - not terribly far from the eleven murals that he painted within the Chapel of Blonville-sur-Mer.

Condition: Some creases and minor smudges (charcoal and pastel) on the margins - beyond the painted image. Hi signature appears to have been written in pencil beneath a charcoal signature. The penciled signature is in the style of Denis' handwritten inscriptions in books. The charcoal signature is in the style he used to sign his Art Deco inspired works.

Provenance: private Lucille Lucas collection, Crested Butte, Colorado, USA

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