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Gaston Maurié (French, 1872-1912)
‘En Mercédès’, circa 1907.
Original oil on canvas, signed ‘Maurie’ (lower right), and framed with a gold leaf frame and black lacquered slip.
Size: 24 x 17 inches (61 x 43 cm).
An important early oil painting in unusually large format by the French Impressionist artist Gaston Maurié (1872-1912), depicting a group of three automobilistes enjoying a rural drive in their rear-entrance chain-drive Mercedes of circa 1907 vintage. The red car is well-detailed and the driver and his lady passengers are dressed in the motoring fashion of the day.
Automobile-related paintings by this artist are exceedingly rare, as the majority of the work he accomplished in his short lifetime tended to concentrate on horse-racing and other equestrian subjects. Maurié tended to paint very small-scale works, well detailed but often no larger than a postcard, making paintings such as ‘En Mercédès’ rather unusual.
Examples of his automobile paintings may be found in ‘L’Art et l’Automobile’ by Herve Poulain (1974) and ‘Art and the Automobile’ by D.B.Tubbs (1977).
This particular work was formerly in the collection of James O. Barron, whose collection was exhibited at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 1973.