Artist : Lucienne Pageot-Rousseaux (1899-1994)
Title : Jorge Donn in the Bolero
Medium : Pencil drawing on paper
Type of work : Original drawing by the artist titled lower left
Dimensions : 36 cm x 48 cm
Condition : Good
Provenance : Artist's workshop, the invoice engages the gallery's responsibility for the authenticity of the work
Why Bertrand Likes : Like Henri Matisse and his faces, Lucienne Pageot-Rousseaux refines her features to keep only the essentials. This economy of means does not prevent her from transcribing with great talent the movement of the characters with whom the artist must have had a special bond in order to have the patience to wait, to capture this unique moment that she represents in each drawing. This undoubtedly explains the so particular sensitivity which it shows.
Why Nathan likes : If you like dance, you will love Lucienne Pageot-Rousseau's magnificent, almost caligraphic representations of dancers in flight. You are there with them on stage, their movements captured as expressively as possible.
Expert's comments and artist's biography : Lucienne Pageot-Rousseaux first studied drawing with Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, Symbolist and Art Nouveau painter. She is interested in the world of entertainment in general but more particularly in the world of dance and theater. Her favorite subjects are the dancers and actors who marked their time and with whom she had an obvious proximity. It was at the age of twenty that she discovered dance during a performance of Shakaroffs at the Mogador theater, then a few years later attending the arrival of Serge Lifar at the Opera. She knew how to immortalize, through her many drawings with such a particular sensitivity, the most famous faces such as those of Anna Pavlova, Léonide Massine, Serge Lifar, Yvette Chauviré, the Spanish dancer Argentina and many others. During the 1920s, she worked extensively with Andrée Brunet Joly, the famous skater and Olympic champion, with whom she regularly exhibited her drawings and paintings. The artist masters all the techniques of drawing, pencil, pastel, but ink is undoubtedly his medium of choice because it marvelously reproduces the movements of the characters. The artist’s few still lifes, nudes and landscapes are not lacking in interest either. To the artist's credit, it should also be noted a fruitful collaboration with the Press through illustrations of theatrical and choreographic chronicles, a graphic work entitled "Serge Lifar" and a collection on dance inspired by "the Soul and Dance ”by Paul Valéry.
During his career, the artist participates in numerous personal and collective fairs and exhibitions in France and around the world. His work represents an important part of the memory of seventy years of Parisian choreographic life, ranging from the end of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes to the creations of Maurice Béjart.
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