Very beautiful oil on panel representing a scene of a fair in a village.
The artist here represents a charlatan in fancy costume who wants to be military, who uses his carriage as a tribune and extols the merits of an elixir of which he proudly exhibits the glass bottle. A woman accompanies her sentences with a bass drum while two other friends in uniform play the bugle and the flute.
Before him a compact crowd of villagers in the most varied costumes, ranging from the housewife in an apron to the bourgeois wearing top hats.
On the way you can see many animals, including dogs, horses, a donkey and on the right a peddler busy presenting tissue samples to a family.
In the background, we see many tents erected for the fair and two artists on a platform thanking the crowd with their hats.
Oil on oak panel signed lower right "Demay" and dated 1833.
Very good state of conservation.
Original wooden frame and gilded stucco.
Two labels on the reverse, one from the studio of the gilding framer "Antoine Souty" active Place du Louvre in Paris from 1802 to 1834, the other from a Parisian merchant installed 26 rue de Lafayette who sold or sold the work to price of 900 francs.
Frame: width: 59 cm; Height: 48 cm
Panel: Width: 40.5 cm; Height: 29.5 cm
Jean François Demay
Born in 1798 in Mirecourt (Meurthe-et-Moselle), died in 1850 in Paris, Demay was a painter specializing in genre scenes and landscapes. Self-taught artist, Demay participated in the Paris Salon from 1827 to 1846. He then dealt with vivacity with the scenes of markets, fairs, fairs, of peasant life or at least in the countryside during the Restoration period (1815-1830).
Works in museums:
-Museum of the castle of Compiègne (Le Charlatan 1846)
-Museum of the Compiègne car (The road to Picardy 1832)
-Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris (L’hallali 1837)
-Museum of Fine Arts of Bordeaux (travelers on horseback)
-Magnin Dijon Museum (the last step)
-Museum of the island of France in Sceaux (the feast of St Cloud)
-Museum of Cherbourg (Interior of a village)
- Marmottan Library (campaign procession)
-Museum Carnavalet Paris (The flower market 1839)
-Muceum Marseille (the village festival)
-Museum of Fine Arts of Beaune (the stop)
The Little Masters of Painting 1820-1920, Les Editions de l'Amateur, Paris, 1981, t.V
Our opinion :
The village fair is the favorite theme of Jean François Demay; in the great Flemish tradition of fairs, our painter excels in representing individuals of all ages and all social conditions.
From the newborn dressed in baby clothes to the old men with canes, Demay gives us a real introspection of society at the start of the 19th century.
It uses several planes and plays on the depth, but also on the width as on our table where several scenes are distributed on each side of the road; like a Brueghel, he dotted hundreds of details in every corner of his work.
A very complete painter in the representation of animals as well as humans, his talents as a miniaturist and colorist allow him to shine the copper of a trumpet, the jug of a tablecloth or the blade of a knife with great ease; which allows him to portray the most varied professions and to offer a very real vision of society during the restoration period.
It is for all of these reasons that many of this master's works are kept in major museums.
To date, only a handful of versions are known, still offering variants of his "Charlatan at the village fair" which was one of Demay's greatest successes.
The work kept at the museum of the castle of Compiègne is a very close example, with a main scene practically identical to that of our painting.
Until now, all art historians thought that the first representation of the "Charlatan" was that exhibited by Demay at the salon in 1834, but the table that we are presenting is one year earlier, it is to this day the first known version of the subject and probably the source of inspiration for the following canvases, making it an extremely important work in the artist's curriculum.
Price : on request
48 000 €