Jean-Louis BOUSSINGAULT Ballerina / Dancer Oil on Canvas, 1941

OIL ON CANVAS - Ref 01408
by Jean-Louis BOUSSINGAULT (1883-1943)
France, 1941


from the famous Galerie Charpentier, 76 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris (Sotheby's building today)
Galerie Charpentier label on the back

Overall sizes: 17"x13.8"(43cmx35cm) 
Painting measurements: 12.6"x9.6"(32cmx24.5cm) 
near 4F Format

Signed "JL Boussingault" and dated "41" (see photo) 
The condition is excellent+++++ ! 
In its period gilded frame

Although realized at the end of his existence, a period in which Boussingault uses vivid and brilliant colors to express the happiness he has to cope with life, somewhat free from his demons, this work sees Boussingault return in part to his former way, that of the exit of the first war, produced by a desolate soul of the misfortunes which overwhelm it. It must be said that the period is dark. In 1940-1941, defeated France struggles to recover from defeat, discouragement fuels the feeling of inevitability. The Roaring Twenties are far, the youth of Boussingault also. Here, our ballerina no longer presents a physical conducive to the exercise of her art. Seated, arms crossed, weary, without goal, she is bored and seems to be thinking back to her past glory. To translate it, Boussingault returns to sober, brown, gray and ocher colors softened by a note of pink and blue. The form, constructed and affirmed by simple masses, leaves no doubt about the reality of the situation. If the picture fits perfectly to the first degree, the allegory about the situation of France strikes the spirit. Some will see in the nakedness of the torso of our dancer (the King is naked!) a contrast to the tutu, a vestige of the past, an allegory about the situation in this period of France divided into two zones, one said occupied and the other free. At the top of his art, Boussingault favours us here with an original work with mastered and successful neo-realism