Charles Angrand (1854-1926)
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Charles Angrand (1854-1926)

Maternité

Details
Charles Angrand (1854-1926)
Maternité
stamped with the initials 'CH.A' (lower left)
Conté crayon on paper
23 3/4 x 18 in. (60.3 x 45.6 cm.)
Drawn in 1896-1900
Provenance
The artist's estate.
Jean Mézière, Paris.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1988.
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Lot Essay

François Lespinasse has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

Angrand treated the subject of the mother and child on a number of occasions, concentrating on its essence and eliminating all superfluous detail. Two further finished Maternité are today in the Musée d'Art Moderne - Petit Palais, Geneva (8045; 8046). By defining the forms through a highly nuanced gradation from deep black areas to extremely bright ones using just the white of the paper and avoiding any lines, Angrand employed the same technique as Seurat, a close friend, following in the tradition of both Millet's drawings and Redon's noirs. Angrand often used relatives as models for figures in his drawings. He often depicted his sister-in-law, the wife of his younger brother, with their child Antoine.

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