Sunday, November 22, 2009

La Priere

Edgard Maxence 1871 - 1954
La Priere
Watercolour, gouache, white chalk and charcoal on paper
49.5 by 60.5cm., 19½ by 23¾in.
Private collection

Maxence was a favoured pupil of both Julies-Elie Delaunay and Gustave Moreau at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. The influence of Moreau is evident in his insistence that artists

'... not forget that art must uplift, ennoble, improve moral standards... art can lead to religion... which uplifts the soul and guides its working toward an ideal beauty and perfection' (as quoted in Pierre-Louis Mathieu, Gustave Moreau, London, 1977, p. 219).