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Louis Marcoussis

Groupe de Puteaux, Section d'Or, Cubism

Louis Marcoussis

(Warsaw, 1878 - Cusset, 1941)

Les Grenades, 1926

Fixed under glass
Signed initials down and to the left LM
Dated down and left 1926
27 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, under the number 85

Literature :
- Louis Marcoussis Sa vie Son oeuvre by Jean Lafranchis, Éditions du Temps, 1961, described and reproduced on p. 297 under the number F79
- Louis Marcoussis by Antoinette Huré, preface by Jean Cassou, in the catalogue of the exhibition of the Musée National d'Art Moderne, edition of the NMR, 1964, described on p. 30 under the number 85


"Louis Marcoussis has been one of the most original of all Cubists. The "dear painter of poets" as Paul Eluard called him held in particular that his paintings possessed an irreproachable quality craftsmanship, and took all care to their manufacture.
Concerned with the tradition, He was brought, from 1919, to use a technique which had been widespread in the nineteenth century and in the popular arts: the fixed under glass, which is obtained by painting with oil behind a window . This technique, like those of engraving or fresco, requires a great safety of the hand, allowing neither overload nor repentance. The material placed on the reverse side of the presented surface can be very smooth, without any accident and very precise contours. From 1919 to 1928, Marcoussis made about a hundred set pieces, some of which are pure masterpieces. " 
Note of Serge Lemoine extracted from the book Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon : Donation Granville : catalogue des peintures, dessins, estampes et sculptures, Volume 2: Works executed after 1900, City of Dijon, 1976

Fixed under glass
Signed down towards the middle
Barnes Foundation, Meryon, USA

Fixed under glass, Legrain frame
Signed and dated down to the middle
55 x 38 cm
Yale University New Haven Art Gallery, Connecticut, USA

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