Maurice Mendjisky (Polish, 1889-1951) Madame Bourgeois reading
Lot 185AR
Maurice Mendjisky
(Polish, 1889-1951)
Madame Bourgeois reading
Sold for £11,875 (US$ 18,622) inc. premium

Lot Details
Maurice Mendjisky (Polish, 1889-1951)
Madame Bourgeois reading
dedicated, signed and dated 'à l'ami Leon /Son ami Mendjisky/Paris 1921' (lower right)
oil on canvas
91.8 x 60cm (36 1/8 x 23 5/8in).

Footnotes

  • Maurice Mendjisky was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1889. In 1906, he left Poland for Berlin in order to attend a music academy. Having always had a keen interest in drawing, he soon became interested in painting and moved to Paris to pursue a career as an artist. He soon caught the attention of the Paris art world, making friends with Renoir and Picasso, and exhibiting with the notable art dealer, Georges Petit, in 1912. He met his future wife, Rose, in 1921, with whom he had two sons, Claude and Serge. Sadly, his family's involvement in the French Resistance during the Second World War lead to his wife's arrest in 1942 and Claude's assasination by the Nazis. Grief-stricken, Mendjisky spent his final years painting scenes of the heroic French Resistance until his death in 1951.

    Madame Bourgeois was a good friend of the artist and her husband was a Bouquinistes, or antiquarian bookseller, who plied his trade along the banks of the Seine. It is perhaps particularly significant then that in this composition Madame Bourgeois is reading whilst she reclines.

    The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Monsieur Serge Mendjisky.
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