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Alexandre Gabriel Decamps (1803; 1860)  - Musician monkey
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Ref : 97797
3 850 €
Period :
19th century
Artist :
Alexandre Gabriel Decamps (1803; 1860)
Provenance :
France
Medium :
Oil on canvas
Dimensions :
L. 22.44 inch X l. 19.29 inch
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Alexandre Gabriel Decamps (1803; 1860) - Musician monkey

Alexandre Gabriel Decamps (1803; 1860) signed, dated. Musician monkey

Original canvas of 46 cm by 38 cm.
Frame 57 cm by 49 cm

The work is monogrammed DC and dated 1842 Our monkey is in what seems to be a music room with a plush interior (family painting, carpets, wall fabrics, etc.) He plays a a stringed instrument, but to do so it needs to be dressed in full pageantry. The artist most certainly seeks to denounce the habits and tastes of an idle bourgeoisie infatuated with music. It shows through in this type of apparently comic representation, a moral will to denounce the failings of a society, even the failings of the human species.

Alexandre Gabriel Decamps (1803; 1860)

He quickly passed through the studio of Abel Pujol and set off in 1828 for the East to accompany the painter Garneray in charge of executing a painting of the naval victory of Navarin. Both men do not get along, he decides to continue the journey alone towards Asia Minor and settles in Smyrna. He made many drawings and Orientalist paintings which he exhibited at the 1831 Salon where he met with great success. Decamps skilfully plays with light and the colorful life of the street (Turkish child near a fountain. Condé Museum, Chantilly), he is also a history painter and an excellent animal painter, particularly with his “antics”. He became very famous and counted among his clients the Baron d'Ivry, the Duc d'Aumale and the Marquis de Hertford, great collectors of his time. He triumphed at the Salon of 1855 then retired near Fontainebleau where he painted landscapes in the spirit of the Barbizon school.

Monkeys in the work of Decamps

(,,,) We find monkeys in the work of Decamps from 1823. They multiplied in the 1830s. There is no doubt that this choice was dictated to him by the example of the great masters Flemish copied in the Louvre, notably Téniers. The theme of musical animals is actually not new. As early as the 17th century, such paintings were greatly appreciated. Painter or sculptor monkeys are supposed to mock artists who only know how to imitate others or the Antique. In the 18th century, the antics multiplied, in the works of Watteau, Chardin, through the decorations of woodwork as in the cabinet La Grande Singerie (1757) by Jean Baptiste Huet at the Château de Chantilly. These monkeys are found everywhere: in the porcelain subjects of the greatest factories, on plates, harpsichords, furniture, vases, tapestries, wallpapers, earthenware tiles. Decamps was not the only artist to bring the taste for antics back into fashion and the 19th century was the century of "animalomania" as evidenced by the drawings of Granville: "the monkeys deputies are arguing in the assembly", "the Parisian monkey frequenting his grisette", "the painter monkey officiating with the brush on the tail"... Social satire remains one of the sources of inspiration for these antics(...)
Christine Amiard musée Antoine Vvenel, Compiègne (the musical monkeys, work by Decamps dated 1936, exhibited at the Museum)

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