Executed in 1920.
Signed Marcoussis (lower right)
Gouache on paper laid down on cardboard
Nicolas Eekman (gift of the artist, 1926)
LITERATURE AND REFERENCES
Jean Lafranchis, Marcoussis, sa vie, son oeuvre, Paris, 1961, no. D51, catalogued p. 307
The present work is comparable in composition to a painting Marcoussis executed in 1925 titled Le balcon devant la Tour Eiffel (see fig. 1). The first work he exhibited in Paris was an Impressionist landscape at the Salon d'Automne in 1905 whereby his facility as a draughtsman continued to be explored throughout his ouevre, specifically in regards to Cubism with which he began experimenting as early as 1910. Marcoussis tended to prefer still-life and subjects that made reference to elements of the Parisian life such as the Eiffel Tower whilst incorporating elements of Cubism such as angular planes within a geometrically structured composition.
Fig. 1- Louis Marcoussis, Le balcon devant la Tour Eiffel, 1925, oil on canvas, Collection A. Michaux-Sceaux