Charles Maurin, At the Ball, 1907
Charles Maurin (1856-1914)

At the Ball, 1907

Pastel on paper, H. 430 mm; W. 750 mm

Initialled and dated C. M. 07 at the lower left

Provenance: Private collection

Maurin studied in Paris, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and also at the Académie Julian, where he later taught. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français, becoming a member in 1883. Maurin was active as a painter, draughtsman and also as a printmaker; he experimented with colour plates and in 1891 he patented a new technique of colour printing. A fin-de-siècle artist, he was friends with Rupert Carabin, Toulouse-Lautrec and Félix Vallotton and formed part of the group of artists that frequented Montmarte.

He was a greatly gifted draughtsman, as shown by his drawings and etchings of nudes and women at the bath. He set others works in cafés and music-halls, like the present pastel. His works are in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.