- Marcel Gromaire
- signed Gromaire and dated 1929 (lower right); signed Gromaire, dated 1929, titled and numbered 277 on the reverse
- oil on canvas
- 100 by 80cm., 39 1/4 by 31 1/2 in.
Private Collection, Stockholm (acquired from the above circa 1960-70)
Thence by descent to the present owners
François Gromaire & Françoise Chibret-Plaussu, Marcel Gromaire, La Vie et l'œuvre, Catalogue raisonné des peintures, Paris, 1993, no. 279, illustrated p. 124
The period 1924-29 was one of intense production for Gromaire, during which the artist focused on endowing his works with a vital sensuality. In Girls, the artist evokes the drama of the circus or cabaret, where dancers and singers take to the stage to perform before a captivated audience. Gromaire uses bold colouring and repetition to create a strong composition which explores the human form and evokes the theme of music and symphony. Employing deep and rich colours to endow the figures with a monumental dignity, visual rhythm is achieved by the juxtaposition of their silhouettes with the geometric shapes on the right of the canvas. In the present work, the performers' powerful stance with their exposed flesh and defiant pose exude theatricality and exemplify Gromaire's mastery of composition and medium. With its evocative subject matter, harmonious palette and intricate composition, Girls remains one the artist's most accomplished works.