American, (1868-1932)
Paris Café Scene with Three Figures
oil on board
signed lower right "A. H. Maurer," numbered on the stretcher "C. 15855"

  • Notes: Maurer scholar, Nick Madormo notes in his article referenced above, "Café Scene, the smallest surviving pre-Fauve oil by Maurer, must be another of his on-the-spot easel productions: a glimmering sketch of urban pastimes and manners. The women are beautifully attired but as depersonalized as ever. Maurer does not probe into the psyches of the exquisite trio; what seems to matter to him is the pleasing image these women present of Parisian existence, the tone of life they seemed to him to epitomize. The influence of Manet is obvious; spontaneity is Maurer's motto. Blues, ochres, and greens have been applied in a light manner, and an air of conviviality and ease is suggested."

    Framed dimensions: 12 3/4 x 11 5/8 x 2 3/4 inches

    Tags: oil painting, listed artist, European scene, French, Paris, cafe scene
  • Provenance: Lucien Lefebvre-Foinet, Paris, France; Private Collection, Connecticut.
  • Dimensions: 8 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches
  • Exhibited: New York, New York, Babcock Galleries, "Alfred H. Maurer, 1868-1932," March 1973.
  • Literature: Nick Madormo, "The Early Career of Alfred Maurer: Paintings of Popular Entertainments," in "The American Art Journal," Winter 1983, Vol. XV, number 1, page 25 (illustrated).
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Condition: overall very good condition; very minor inpaint mostly to edges

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