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Jean Despujols (1886 - 1965)

Lot 481: 'LE MUGUET', A FINE OIL ON CANVAS PAINTING

Christie's

December 9, 1994
New York, NY, US

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BY JEAN DESPUJOLS, CIRCA 1930 Depicting a young woman in a landscape holding a spray of lily of the valley and caressing a bunny by her side, signed l/r "DESPUJOLS--39 in. (99 cm.) high, 31 1/2 in. (80 cm.) wide" cf. Charlotte Burrows, "France, Indochina, Luisiana," The French American Review, Volume 65, No. 1, Spring 1993, pp. 38-50 Jean Despujols (1886-1965) belonged to the Bordeaux school of painting in France which included artists such as Jean Dupas, Eugene Robert Pougheon, Rene Buthaad, and Raphael Delorme. This group of artists was noted for their highly recognizable work in the Art Deco style during the 1920s and 1930s which classicized their genre. As a group, the artist tended to portray the human figure in lush color and rich detail and, not only heroically but in heroic proportions as well. Despujols studied at the "Ecole des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux" in 1910, and achieved recognition for his work when he garnered first place in the Grand Prix de Rome competition held at the "Ecole des Beaux Arts" in Paris in 1914. Between 1919 to 1923 he lived in Rome at the Villa Medici where he encountered Dupas and Pougheon, both recipients of the same Prix de Rome award, and further developed his neo-classical vocabulary. From 1936 to 1938 he traveled to the French Incochine and then settled in America in 1945, where he remained until his death in 1965.

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