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Elise MACLET 1881/1962 - La Maison de Mimi Pinson in Montmartre - French School of the XX th

Elise MACLET 1881/1962 - La Maison de Mimi Pinson in Montmartre - French School of the XX th

Jules-Emile-Elisha MACLET born July 12, 1881, in Lihons-en-Santerre in Picardy. He is the son of a gardener and a laundress. From an early age he became assistant gardener.
Contact with Abbot Delval, priest of Lihons-en-Santerre, he discovered the art and especially watercolor. L'Abbé teaches him the basics of oil painting. Child, he seeks inspiration on the banks of the Somme.
An anecdote tells that to turn a corner, during a Sunday stroll, the painter Puvis de Chavannes, after seeing the young Maclet being painted, had asked Mr. Maclet to take his son with him . His father refuses.

In 1906 Maclet arrives in Paris and discovers Montmartre where he lives.
He paints at that time the typical landscapes of Montmartre, "Rabbit Gil, Moulin de la Galette, House of Mimi Pinson etc. "A few years before Utrillo took them for themes. Then he painted with a knife with dexterity. The color, which until now was only timid breakthroughs in his paintings appears more frankly, his paintings are so dominated by ocher, blue and returns to one of his favorite subjects; he painted the old streets of Montmartre, his style is affirmed and its rapid success, he sells his paintings. He then many customers and the Paris art dealers do not hesitate to hang his works alongside those of his illustrious contemporaries. Maclet is then presented as the new Utrillo.
He met Degas. Writers such as Colette, Francis Carco, many other personalities and an American merchant interested in him. He attended Max Jacob wrote him "Maclet is an artist who likes to be taken for a small farmer of the North".
In 1923, Baron Von Frey, wealthy Austrian industrialist, takes Maclet contract. His patron sent him to stay in the South of France to meet its colors, its landscapes and its light. The tables then Maclet relative density and gloss enamel.
He will remain in the South from 1924 to 1928. He brought landscapes whose amazement at the Mediterranean nature he translated sometimes made evoke the name of Matisse
After discovering Mer in Normandy, he went to Provence in 1926 in the region of Avignon. End 1928, he is in Corsica. In 1929-30, it is in Britain.
In economic crisis, he broke his contract with his Austrian patron. For Maclet is the beginning of a difficult period. Then he returns to Montmartre but knows the misery and starts drinking. It will be very close to Lucien Genin.
From August to December 1933 as a result of behavioral disorders and memory, Maclet was interned in Sainte -Anne. He did never completely recovering his mental disorders. From 1935, the painter paints again Paris. He painted streets precisely, the paintings of this period are pleasant, with fresh colors and poetic.
He died in Paris on August 23, 1962 Lariboisière hospital in Paris and lies with her parents in the cemetery of Lihons.
He leaves behind Simone, his last love and his son Thierry, who was born in 1949 of its union with Andrée Lagarde but he did not know.
Montmartre. The house of Mimi Pinson, 18 rue du Mont Cenis, demolished in 1925. Paris (XVIII arr.), Circa 1920
If Berlioz has lived rue du Mont-Cenis (former Daint-Denis), it is not the same for Mimi Pinson part of the legend, oh abundant Montmartre!
The modest house attributed to it was destroyed by the promoters in 1925 along with that of Berlioz.
The house was inhabited by other tenants, real those, including the painter Kees Van Dongen.

Signed : lower left E Maclet and countersigned on the back. Captioned Mimi Pinson
Epoque: French School of the twentieth
Technique: Oil on canvas - original canvas - Old restorations - Good condition
Format: with frame 70 x 60 cm - without frame 55 x 46 cm
Wood frame moderne- Very good condition


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