Jeunes Filles à la charrette
Young Women on the grass, and with a cart
Pastel on wove paper, ca. 1895
45.5 x 60.3 cm
Henry Laurent, Paris; Lucien Goldschmidt, New York; Walter Bareiss, New Haven; Private collection, The Netherlands
Women are the major theme that one encounters when studying Maurin work. Whether it be in realistic scenes, allegorical drawings given to anarchist journals, or in his symbolist paintings, Maurin has a distinctive approach in representing women. This aesthetic regularity must be attributed, in part, to the frequent use of specific models, most notably the artist’s wife, Eugénie Debray, and some of his or her friends. Here, the left side figure is most probably Eugénie.
It is a beautiful and large pastel, typical of Maurin style in the last five years of the 19th century. The color are strong, intense but not flashy. There is a great harmony.
It is worth mentioning the provenance, Henry Laurent, the main collector of Maurin’s works at the time. Belonged to his collection among the best Maurin works ever.