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JEAN DUNAND (1877-1942)

"Jeune Marabout", 1929

Panel of brown, red and black lacquer with gold and silver leaves. 

It represents a young Marabout crouched, legs crossed, her right arm resting on her knee while, with her left hand, she maintains her face giving her a pensive attitude. 

The panel is signed lower right "Jean Dunand". 

H 139 - L 109 cm (H 54.7 - W 42.9 in)

Origin

Galerie La Renaissance, Paris, 1929, n°58.

History

In June 1929, the Parisian gallery La Renaissance devoted an exhibition to Jean Dunand; 
"Dunand never makes the mistake of treating his motifs in the manner of a painting, the clearly decorative style remains sober and fair." The series of lacquers on gold, silver, purple or black backgrounds that he exhibited at the La Renaissance gallery characterizes his spirit of research, his tenacity in the effort and this meticulousness in the realization which define the works of this period - the most prolific of his entire career.They are only exotic characters, ouolof virgins, laobé figures, bambara women, figures of young bathers offering themselves timidly to the silver waves or letting be caressed by a backwash." - in Marcilhac (Amélie), Marcilhac (Félix), Jean Dunand, Paris, Norma, 2020, p. 123. 

Bibliography

"Building", New-York, March 1930, p. 122.
Marcilhac (Félix), "Jean Dunand ; Vie et Oeuvre", Paris, Les Editions de l'Amateur, 1991, represented and referenced n°273, p. 231.
Marcilhac (Amélie), Marcilhac (Félix), "Jean Dunand", Paris, Editions Norma, 2020, represented and referenced n°163 p. 262.