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    Sale 12146

    Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper Sale

    17 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1101

    Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940)

    Monsieur Bénard devant le tableau du Grand Teddy

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    Estimate

    Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940)
    Monsieur Bénard devant le tableau du Grand Teddy
    stamped with signature 'E Vuillard' (Lugt 2497a; lower right)
    pastel on card
    24 ¾ x 18 ¾ in. (62.6 x 48 cm.)
    Drawn in 1931


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    The present work depicts Georges Bénard (1881-1934), whose family bank of the same name was responsible for financing railroad construction in Paris and the Parisian metro. He was a great art collector of works by Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Marie Laurencin, Pablo Picasso and Vuillard, among others. The stock market crash in 1929 forced him to sell most of his artworks the following year. He was a great friend of many artists including Vuillard and Laurencin, who also painted his portrait in 1922 (Marchesseau, no. 269). In the present work, Bénard is depicted standing in front of Vuillard's Le Grand Teddy, a series of three oval paintings executed in 1918 for Le Grand Teddy tea rooms in Paris.

    Provenance

    Estate of the artist.
    Amante, Paris.
    Anon. sale, Palais Galliéra, Paris, 17 June 1965, lot 30.
    Anon. sale, Hôtel George V, Paris, 12 June 1969, lot 119.
    Anon. sale, Hôtel Rameau, Versailles, 2 December 1973, lot 187.
    Oscar Ghez, Geneva.
    Anon. sale, Hôtel des Ventes, Bourg-en-Bresse, 3 December 1978, lot 180.
    Private collection, Switzerland (circa 1999).
    Neffe-Degandt Fine Art, London.
    Jeffrey Archer, London (acquired from the above).
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2011.


    Literature

    A. Salomon and G. Cogeval, Vuillard, Le regard innombrable, Catalogue critique des peintures et pastels, Paris, 2003, vol. III, p. 1492, no. XII-77 (illustrated in color).