'Mischief Maker' by Marius Woulfart (circa 1940s-50s)
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'Mischief Maker', oil on board (circa 1940s-50s), by French artist, Marius Woulfart (1905 - 1991). With his small notebook in hand and cheeky smile on his face, a school boy sits restlessly at a table. The chair looks too large to be from school so he is probably fidgeting at home having just told his mother he's completed his homework. By the look on his face, he can't wait to dash outside to join his playmates in mischief. What a very delightful glimpse of French life the artist has captured here, a beautiful snippet of a bygone era. Overall, the work is in fair vintage condition commensurate with its age and the medium used. There is some apparent blemishing in the paint and surface (see listing's detailed images) but that is unsurprising given its age. This does not affect the overall impression for the viewer and the piece has now been sealed and preserved with a new frame and glazing work. Signed: 'Woulfart'. Upon request, a video will be provided of the piece.
About the Artist: Marius Woulfart (1905 - 1991), trained artistically with his artist father. Years later, he described himself as a "sentimentalist" painter, influenced by the times and fashion, but especially by the works of his father, his only teacher. Most of his oeuvre could be described as expressionist, although he did create works in different genres. In the words of the journalist and writer Marcel Sauvage, author of the biography of Joséphine Baker: "Woulfart, whose palette is of an astonishing richness, manifests an increasingly rare control. His portraits are first-rate and God knows we have few authentic portraitists today; his flowers are like smartly bloomed fireworks. He is one of those who nourish, with strength and brilliance, with exemplary perseverance, the pictorial material for the joy and recognition of all true art lovers." Woulfart's works appear in numerous public institutions and collections including many purchases by the State of France and the City of Paris as well as the Montreal Museum in Canada, the Palm Beach Museum in Florida, United States and French museums in Périgueux, Angoulême and several others. Woulfart's art appears as well in many prestigious private collections both in France and abroad including that of the Princess of Monaco.
Dimensions with frame:
H 45 cm (17.7")
W 52 cm (20.5")
Dimensions without frame:
H 32 cm (12.6")
W 39 cm (15.4")