This is my most recent purchase of the work of Marcel Vertes!
It was a “wall hanging” purchased in France in the sixties;
The title of the work is “Le Jardin de Pierrot”
Pierrot was a boy member of the characters in the “Commedia dell’arte”; a comedy group
that started in Italy and spread to France.
It was hand printed on linen fabric by the company Corot and the label signed by the artist.
I had it made into a pillow!
He died in 1961; so it was done before that.
Imagine my surprise when a very nice man from Chicago wrote me that he had purchased
what seems to me to be the “original” hand painted on burlap!
(he found me by “googling ” Marcel Vertes)
and saw my collection and read my blogpost about the artist!
He was at an estate sale; and it was sitting on the floor unpriced. What a great eye!!
The hand painted burlap painting is stretched on a wooden frame.
The man who bought it was told that it was sold by Sotheby’s in 2006 for $14,000.00!
It is very large; 81″ long and 31″ tall. Gorgeous!
His signature in paint!
Here is the overall view. As you can see the colors are slightly different;
but the boy in the tricorn hat and the donkey are almost identical!
It is very large: 81″ long by 31″ high, painted on burlap!
My pillow is above.
They are very very similar; thought not exact.
Here is the close-up of the boy in the painting.
My close-up of the donkey above.
This lovely painting is now for sale on ebay!!
PS; while writing this post I remembered I have a “gouache” by Vertes of this same boy with a tricorne hat!