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Sale 121 Lot 93

Constant Montald
(Belgian, 1862-1944)
Portrait of Gabrielle Canivet, the Artist’s Wife, 1924
oil on canvas
signed and dated lower right
28″ x 35″

Provenance:
The Collection of Wilbert and Marilyn Hasbrouck, Chicago, Illinois

Exhibitions:
Fifty Second Liverpool Autumn Exhibition 1924 (label verso)

Catalog Note:
While Montald’s first works were strongly influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, he later focused on integrating humanity with floral environments — trees with winding branches, curtains of flowers and lawns strewn with surreal growths. Setting was the main subject while the human form was relegated to the background. His subsequent works depict Elysian dreamworlds with parks and fountains rendered in ornamental drawings. The emphasis was on gold and blue hues, with a goal of introducing musicality into the art of painting.

This portrait of Montald’s wife Gabrielle Canivet, whose gaze confronts the viewer directly and whose posture leans forward and to the side, while her arm lengthens to the opposite arm of the chair, captures her strength and confidence. In contrast to Montald’s ethereal work, this canvas is saturated with deep green and dark tones, delineating the space into geometric shapes, reflecting the character of the sitter.

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Condition Report:
Frame: 40" x 47"
Stretcher bar marks bottom. Slight craquelure near stretcher crease. 1/32" squared paint loss lower left. Surface scratch under lips 1/4 inch long. Small area of inpainting to background. Overall good condition.

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