EDGARD MAXENCE | JEUNE FEMME À LA COIFFE DEVANT LA MER
1871 - 1954
JEUNE FEMME À LA COIFFE DEVANT LA MER
indistinctly signed Edg Maxence and dated 1902 (lower right)
watercolor, gouache and pastel on paper mounted on board
22¼ by 20⅛ in.
56.5 by 51.1 cm
We would like to thank Cyrille Sciama for kindly contributing to this catalogue note.
The following condition report was kindly provided by Alvarez Conservation Services:
This watercolor, gouache, and pastel on paper mounted on board is in good condition overall. The primary paper layer is mounted to a 1/8" thick multilayered acidic paper board at the verso perimeter approximately 1" all around with a paper tape edging on all four sides. The existing mounting and exposure to fluctuating humidity has caused mild undulations throughout the sheet. The paper layer does not present tears. There is one minor 1/2" x 1" paper insert installed at the bottom-right corner. The paper layer is mildly oxidized from contact with acidic material and a natural process of aging due to light exposure. This is visible throughout. Close examination reveals minor craquelure and cupping scattered throughout the image. Otherwise, besides the first name of the signature being slightly smudged, the medium appears to be well preserved
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Monsieur Touraille (according to an inscription on the reverse)
Cyrille Sciama, Edgard Maxence: les dernières fleures du symbolisme, exh. cat., Musée de Beaux-Arts, Nantes; Musée de la Chartreuse, Douai, May 21, 2010-January 17, 2011, pp. 35, 78
A student of Gustave Moreau, Edgard Maxence was a leading French Symbolist painter. As a native of Nantes in northern France, it was his intense affinity for his homeland of Brittany and the historic Pays de Retz, between the southern bank of the Loire and the Breton marshlands, whose customs and costumes were frozen in time, that provided him with countless sources of inspiration. The artist combined Medieval costume and Breton ritual in compositions that were often shrouded in mystery. In Jeune femme à la coiffe devant la mer, the sitter wears a headdress that was typical of the Pays de Retz in the nineteenth century but also recalls headdresses worn by French aristocrats in the fifteenth century. The seaside setting is Bernière-en-Retz, where the artist had a villa and studio.