Lot #12

René Marcil
Mme. Marcil

ink and graphite drawing
signed and dated 1951 lower left; sold with a copy of “René Marcil Drawings 1947-1980” (Paul Duval, Stanton Press, Toronto, 1981)
16.5 x 16 ins ( 41.9 x 40.6 cms ) ( sight )

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Price Realized: $708.00
Collection of Paul Duval, Toronto
Paul Duval, “René Marcil Drawings 1947-1980”, Stanton Press, Toronto, 1981, page 19, reproduced page 86
Paul Duval notes that “The Marcils returned to New York from Le Cannet early in 1951, and during the following year René executed the large series of pencil portraits and nudes of Evelyn. But in late 1951, René, restless as ever, returned to France, to St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat, leaving his wife behind to resume her career.”

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René Marcil
(1917 - 1993)

Rene Marcil had a troubled childhood but found an outlet in creating art. He was admitted to the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Montreal at age fourteen and eventually worked for Morgan, and later, Eaton's, as a star artist in the advertising department. He spent a successful eleven years in New York before moving to Paris where he joined La Grande Chaumiere with many other ambitious American and European artists, looking to push the boundaries of academic art. He continued to travel between England and France for inspiration for the rest of his life.