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Louis Marcoussis

Groupe de Puteaux, Section d'Or, Cubism

  • Nature morte

Louis Marcoussis

(Warsaw, 1878 - Cusset, 1941)

Nature morte, 1920

Fixed under glass
Signed initials lower left LM
Dated lower left 1920
41 x 33 cm

Provenance     :
Former collection Monsieur and Madame Alfred Richet, Paris

Exhibition:
Louis Marcoussis, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, from July 3 to October 4, 1964, n ° 68

Literature:
- Louis Marcoussis His life His work by Jean Lafranchis, Éditions du Temps, 1961, described and reproduced on p. 287 under No. F.19
- Louis Marcoussis by Antoinette Huré, preface by Jean Cassou, catalogue of the exhibition of the National Museum of Modern Art, RMN edition, 1964, described on p. 27 under n ° 68

“Louis Marcoussis was one of the most original of all supporters of Cubism. The "painter darling of poets" as Paul Éluard called him was particularly keen that his paintings possessed an irreproachable artisanal quality, and took all care in their manufacture.
Concerned about tradition, he was led, from 1919, to use a technique that had been very widespread in the 19th century and in popular arts: the fixed under glass, which is obtained by painting in oil behind a window . This technique, like those of engraving or even fresco, requires great safety in the hand, allowing neither overload nor repentance. The material placed on the back of the presented surface can be very smooth, without any accident and the contours very precise. From 1919 to 1928, Marcoussis thus produced a hundred sets, some of which are pure masterpieces. » 
Notice by Serge Lemoine extracted from the book Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon: Donation Granville: catalogue of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, volume 2: works produced after 1900, City of Dijon, 1976

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