Reunion des Dames

Reunion des Dames
Ker-Xavier Roussel (French, 1867-1944)
c. 1893
Oil on canvas 
17-7/8 x 29-1/2 in. (45.4 x 75 cm) 
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Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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Not on View

Associated with the Nabi, Ker-Xavier Roussel’s paintings reflect the intimacy and idyllic sentiments of those of his fellow painters, Édouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, and Maurice Denis. This painting was one of three small studies made for a decorative mural cycle for the city hall of Bagnolet, a suburb of Paris. Fashionably dressed women inhabit the public spaces of the Tuileries garden in a modern tribute to traditional allegorical murals that decorated important civic spaces. The geometric gray forms in the lower portion of the composition mark the location of doors and windows in the city hall. In the end, Roussel was not awarded the commission, and the studies stayed in his family’s collection until the 1970s.


Collection of the artist 1894-1944;
Jacques Salomon (son-in-law of artist), Paris, presumably by inheritance 1944, but certainly by 1955;
Antoine Salomon (grandson of artist), Paris, by 1968.
[Galerie La Cave, Paris; offered 1976 and subsequently sold 1977 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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