Henri de WAROQUIER
(Paris 1881 – Paris 1970)
Church in Île de France
Oil on panel
H. 53.5 cm; L. 80.5 cm
Signed lower right - 1941
Provenance: Offered by Henri de Waroquier to Michèle Morgan in 1946, following the Prize for Female Interpretation which she received at the first Cannes Film Festival in 1946; Michèle Morgan collection, until her death in 2016.
Bibliography: Point de vue, May 24-30, 2017, reproduced p.50
As a child, he frequented the Durand-Ruel, Bing and Vollard galleries which are near the family home. He took architecture lessons from Charles Genuys at the École des Arts Décoratifs, and benefited from the lessons of the Hellenist Louis Ménard, who deepened his knowledge of mythology. Henry de Waroquier begins a pictorial work of imagination. He was then a professor of decorative composition at the École Estienne in Paris. Waroquier mainly painted Brittany from 1900 to 1910, approaching Nabis cloisonnism, then he moved to his studio in Montparnasse and frequented Modigliani and the School of Paris. The trips he made to Italy in 1912 and 1920, and to Spain in 1921, led him to paint landscapes on nature and the human figure. He participated in the 1938 Tuileries Salon on the theme of Spain. He was influenced at first by cubism, then dramatic lighting and the representation of pathetic faces gave his work a tragic accent. Also a sculptor, engraver and fresco painter, in 1937 he executed a mural composition for the Palais de Chaillot, La Tragedie. The Museum of Modern Art in Paris presents an exhibition of his sculptures in the 1950s. Henri de Waroquier is also a poet and photographer. He was a friend of Paul Claudel who devoted a critical text to him and of Georges Duhamel. Gaston Bachelard devotes an article to him in The Right to Dream.
Henri de Waroquier depicts a church on this panel, without locating it, although it is entitled "Church of Île de France". This painting has never left the collection of actress Michèle Morgan, in her apartment in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
She particularly appreciated this work which reminded her of the memory of her Prize for Female Interpretation at the first Cannes Film Festival in 1946.
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