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Small Painting by Jean Hugo from 1927

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Great grandson of the famous writer Victor Hugo, the painter Jean Hugo (1894-1984) was in the thick of the Paris art scene between the wars. A member of the avant garde, he was a friend of Picasso, Cocteau and Colette and was associated with the Neo Romantics. His small gouaches on paper were avidly collected by Dr. Albert Barnes, and can be seen today in the Barnes Collection in Philadelphia. Hugo's most desirable work -- landscapes, interior scenes, set designs -- date from the mid 1920s to the late 1930s. This whimsical painting, signed and dated 1927, is set in a curtained, classical interior furnished with Victorian lighting fixtures and a potted palm. It could have been a theater design, yet it doesn't correspond with a known production. In this fantastical setting Hugo placed Harlequin and Columbine, a Scotsman, a matador, a monk and a masked couple in 18th-century dress. The image fits into the 4 3/4" by 5 3/4" opening of a new mat, which is in what may be the original oak frame. It can be hung on the wall or propped on a tabletop and comes from the collection of the well-known American fashion illustrator Kenneth Paul Block, who was given a posthumous one-man exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2016.

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  • Dimensions
    H 10.75 in. x W 11.5 in. x D 5.5 in.H 27.31 cm x W 29.21 cm x D 13.97 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU106147273633
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