"Bernard Boutet De Monvel (1881-1949) - Study For The Bouquet On A Pink Background Circa 1924"Related work: Bouquet on a pink background, oil on canvas, circa 1924. Work presented in 1926 in New York: The Art of Bernard Boutet de Monvel, Anderson Galleries. Sotheby's sale 2016, catalog n ° 97
We must pay attention to the first years of Boutet de Monvel's career, which show an in-depth reflection on painting, a conscious and controlled evolution. Since his training with Luc-Olivier Merson, the young artist had undergone the austere influence of Lucien Simon and his Bande noire, then practiced engraving brilliantly, before developing before 1910 the style "with the compass and the line. ”Which will make him famous long before“ Art Deco ”. Contemporary with the first steps of cubism, this geometric construction of reality will be accompanied in his work by a reduction in the chromatic range which finds its most beautiful expressions in the creations of his Moroccan period. Creations admired by Jacques Majorelle who will be inspired by them. In those years, Bernard Boutet de Monvel was not passed for an academic artist, but for one of those who explored new styles - while being closer to the sophisticated society of Proust than to the bohemian du Bateau-Lavoir.