Monday, 24 July 2017

Charles Perron’s charcoal study of a sculpted Art Nouveau bracket


Charles Perron (1880–1969)
“Large Study of a sculpted Art Nouveau architectural bracket”, c1920

Charcoal on laid paper (Chapron Coquelin), ink-stamped at the lower-right (recto) with the artist’s name and hand-signed in charcoal (verso).
(sheet) 62 x 47.5 cm

Condition: The sheet is dusty, slightly wrinkled and shows signs of handling (i.e. there are incidental marks appropriate for the very dusty medium of charcoal on paper). The artist’s name is ink-stamped on the sheet at lower right (recto), hand-signed in charcoal with the artist’s name (verso) and there is a faint trace of a round ink-stamp with indecipherable text at the upper-left corner (recto).

I am selling this large and beautifully executed charcoal study of a sculpted Art Nouveau architectural bracket for AU$154 (currently US$122.35/EUR105.04/GBP93.82 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this signed drawing by an established—in the sense of well-documented—early 20th century artist (see, for example, https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Perron_(peintre) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDpl8ZuCCKw), I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.


My motivation to purchase this drawing was not because it was signed or executed by a known artist (both of which are true), but rather I bought it simply because it is so beautiful. What attracted me to it was certainly the top-heavy composition and the subject—I love architectural details, especially when the details are treated in a very tactile way and bathed in soft light. Beyond these appealing qualities, I also loved the confident and knowledgeable way that the ornamental sculpture is rendered. Note, for instance, how Perron has added reflected light to the sculpted form and how each stroke is laid to “flow” with the form's contours. Going further, I am impressed with the subtle delicacy with which Perron adjusts the background tones so that strong contrasts of dark and light help to "explain" the sculpture's form.





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