Feb 27, 2007 - Sale 2105

Sale 2105 - Lot 116

Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000
NEVER-PUBLISHED PORTFOLIO OF ORIGINAL DRAWINGS BY MARIANNE CLOUZOT (BAKER, JOSEPHINE.) L'Douglas Revue Negre. portfolio of watercolors by marianne clouzot glorifying josephine baker and her "revue negre." The portfolio is on heavy gray paper stock; consists of a double-page frontispiece, and 10 drawings housed in an outer portfolio with a decorated and lettered cover. In all, 12 original drawings. Overall dimension 19 3/8x25 inches (49x63 1/2cm). Some minor closed tears at the folds of the covers enclosing the portfolio. Initialed by the artist on several of the sheets. Paris, circa 1925-29

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Marianne Clouzot (b1908), French painter, sculptor, engraver and illustrator enjoyed a major retrospective of her work in 1995, titled "Le Musicienne du Silence" (The Musician of Silence). Her father, a celebrated art critic taught her the technique of watercolor painting when she was a child, and her first drawings were sold in a gallery in Paris when she was ten years old.
There is no record of this work being published, nor is there any record of its odd title, "L'Douglas Revue," which was probably created during the heyday of Josephine Baker's Paris performances.