Charles Maurin

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Charles Maurin
Nurse seen from the Back. Verso: Seated Girl
Black and white chalk, on blue Ingres paper; verso: black and white chalk.
9 3/4 x 7 3/16 inches (247 x 182 mm)
The Joseph F. McCrindle Collection.

Inscribed on recto at lower right in graphite, "Maurin".

Lucien Goldschmidt, Inc., New York; from whom acquired by Joseph F. McCrindle, New York, 3 November 1978 (McCrindle collection no. A0670).

Maurin won the Prix Crozatier in 1875, an honor that allowed him to study at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris between 1876 and 1879, where he spent time in the atelier of Lefebvre and worked at the Académie Julian. Fascinated by the work of Japanese artists and printmaking, Maurin experimented with color printing and eventually filed for a patent for one of his techniques. Maurin captures an ethereal sense of light with white chalk highlights in this confidently drawn image of a woman sitting at a bench. The image on the verso is less finished, suggesting that Maurin reused the sheet to create the more developed drawing.

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McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.

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