[GUITAR] Paul, Gen. (1895–1975)

"Le Guitariste" - Signed Drawing

Dynamic expressionist drawing by the self-taught French artist, who has signed to the lower right-hand corner.  The illustration, rendered in purple/blue crayocolor on woven paper, shows a jazz guitarist blissfully playing his instrument.  Matted in an ornate frame with a placard that reads: "GEN–PAUL / 1895 – / "Le Guitariste" c. 1924."  Not examined out of frame but in apparently fine condition.  Drawing measures 8.25 x 11.75 inches (21 x 29.8 cm.); framed to 16 x 19.5 inches (40.6 x 49.5 cm.).

"As the [1920s] passed, Paul's confidence in his artwork grew.  He began exhibiting regularly at the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Indépendants in 1920, finding not only acceptance, but support among his colleagues associated with the Salon...By the mid-1920s, Paul's paintings were on display at the Savill Gallery in London as well as the Breekpot Galerie in Antwerp. Most exciting, however, was his first trip to New York in the summer of 1924; the objective was to study the American art market, learn about the galleries in the city, and of course, explore the United States.  Like most Parisians, he was already enamored of the African-American jazz that was filling the streets and clubs of Paris in the 1920s, and he was eager to learn more about the culture that produced it.  Like his father, Paul was an amateur musician; he played the cornet and regularly frequented the jazz clubs of Montmartre." (Rehs Galleries, "Biography - Gen Paul," http://www.rehs.com) (19253)

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