Société des Aquarellistes Français (1898). Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel (French, 1850-1913). Poster. Watercolor, ink wash, gold and gouache highlights on paper laid down on cardboard.
The Société des Aquarellistes Français was established in 1879 in the Galerie Durand-Ruel, rue Laffitte, Paris. Gustave Doré, Eugène Lami, Ferdinand Heilbuth and Jehan Georges Vibert are among the most famous members. In 1890, the association expanded to include new members: James Tissot, Lhermitte, Harpignies, Bonnat, Meissonier and Maurice Boutet de Monvel.
Charles Filiger (French, 1863-1928). “Head of a Saint” or “Saint Under
an Ogive,” 1892-93. Gouache, pencil, watercolor, and gold paint on paper
laid down on board, 15 ¼ x 12 5/8 in. At Christie’s Paris auction March
23, 2017. ~~ I really like the delicate, somewhat abstracted floral
sprays that form the halo.
Holiday Reading (1916). Carl Larsson (Swedish, 1853-1919). Watercolour and gouache over pencil on paper laid on canvas.
Beautifully luminous and fresh, verdant and of large format, Holiday Reading is a prime depiction of family life at the Larssons’ country home. Karin, the artist’s wife, sits alongside their youngest son Esbjörn as they relax together, each engrossed in reading their own book. Next to them the table has been set for tea.