Two paintings by Maximilien Luce donated to the Musée des Impressionistes


1. Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)
Claude Monnet and Marthe Bonnard
in the Dining Room at Giverny
, ca. 1920
Graphite - 10,5 x 15,5 cm
Giverny, Musée des Impressionnismes
Photo : Musée des Impressionnismes

24/5/11 – Acquisitions – Giveny, Musée des Impressionnismes – Created in early 2009 to replace the Musée d’Art Américain and housed in the same locale (see news item of 14/2/09), the Musée des Impressionnismes was designed more as an exhibition space, the same as the new one, rather than a traditional museum. Although this remains its principal guideline, the idea is to now establish a permanent collection. This is a challenging policy given the price of Impressionist works and the seemingly slight budget determined by the different territorial authorities which have come together for this project [1].
The only purchase so far in fact has been a drawing by Pierre Bonnard representing Claude Monnet and Marthe Bonnard in the Dining Room at Giverny (ill. 1). This sketch is the only artistic proof today of the friendship between the two painters, except for the photographs taken by Reine Natanson in 1926. In the future, the generosity of private collectors will perhaps ensure the acquisition of and establishment of permanent holdings. Two paintings by Maximilien Luce [2] have indeed been recently donated by Dominique Ledebt (ill. 2 and 3).


2. Maximilien Luce (1858-1941)
L’Ile à bois, Kermouster, Lézardrieux
Oil on canvas - 97 x 130,5 cm
Giverny, Musée des Impressionnismes
Photo : Musée des Impressionnismes

3. Maximilien Luce (1858-1941)
The Brickyard,
Oil on canvas - 65 x 81 cm
Giverny, Musée des Impressionnismes
Photo : Musée des Impressionnismes


True, these two canvases do not correspond to Luce’s neo-Impressionist vein, undoubtedly his most interesting. They are nevertheless notable examples of his art. This donation was accompanied by a long-term deposit of seven other paintings by the same artist which round out other loans from private collections, particularly a work by Blanche Hoschédé-Monet, a student and the daughter-in-law of Claude Monet. Eventually, the director of the museum, Diego Candil, hopes to open the museum year-roun (currently, it is only open in the spring and summer) and obtain the label, Musée de France.


Didier Rykner, vendredi 19 août 2011


Notes

[1] We remind our readers that this includes the departments of the following regions : Eure, Haute-Normandie, Seine-Maritime as well as the Communauté d’Agglomération des Portes de l’Eure and the city of Vernon.

[2] The Museum staged a retrospective of the artist last year.



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