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André Devambez’s Teeming and Quirky World

Published on , by Anne Doridou-Heim

The artist, as a witness to his time, produced visions of a changing society encompassing both “little ones” and the great and the good. The Petit Palais in Paris is devoting an exhibition to him until December 31, 2022.

€6,243André Devambez (1867-1944), À la plage (At the Beach), oil on panel, 8.5 x... André Devambez’s Teeming and Quirky World

€6,243
André Devambez (1867-1944), À la plage (At the Beach), oil on panel, 8.5 x 14.5 cm/3.3 x 5.7 in. Paris, V.V. Room, September 16, 2020. Millon auction house. Ms Ritzenthaler.

André Devambez emerged in the heart of the Belle Époque on the fringe of major artistic movements, leaving a copious corpus with an unbridled imagination, whose modernity dazzles today. A painter, engraver and illustrator, he represented scenes of the life of his times, giving them a personal touch. His "little ones"—as he liked to call them—were sometimes painted on small wood panels, which he filled with a host of anonymous miniatures. He gave his compositions a singular dimension, making play with plunging perspectives and dynamic diagonals. His primarily anecdotal paintings only reveal their true character on a second reading, for while decorative and almost always humorous, they can also be highly critical.

Prices quoted are inclusive of fees.
 

€20,336André Devambez (1867-1944), Une martyre (Baudelaire) (A Martyr: Baudelaire), gouache and watercolor, 26 x 21 cm/10.2 x 8.3 in. Pari

€20,336
André Devambez (1867-1944), Une martyre (Baudelaire) (A Martyr: Baudelaire), gouache and watercolor, 26 x 21 cm/10.2 x 8.3 in. Paris, Hôtel Drouot, June 21, 2017. Maigret (Thierry de) auction house. Ms Sevestre-Barbé, Mr de Louvencourt.

€5,250 André Devambez (1867-1944), Grand défilé du 14 Juillet (Grand Parade on July 14), mixed media on paper, 32.5 x 49 cm/12.8 x 19.3

€5,250
André Devambez (1867-1944),
Grand défilé du 14 Juillet (Grand Parade on July 14), mixed media on paper, 32.5 x 49 cm/12.8 x 19.3 in. Paris, Hôtel Drouot, November 18, 2016. Ader auction house.

€3,840André Devambez (1867-1944), Dirigeablobus ou nouveau moyen de transport parisien imaginaire (Dirigeablobus or a new imaginary Parisi

€3,840
André Devambez (1867-1944), Dirigeablobus ou nouveau moyen de transport parisien imaginaire (Dirigeablobus or a new imaginary Parisian means of transport), lithograph (48.4 x 37 cm/19 x 14.6 in.). Paris, Salle Favart, July 9, 2021. Ader auction house. Ms Bonafous-Murat.

 
€5,500 André Devambez (1867-1944), L’Enlèvement (The Abduction), 1929, oil on panel, 22 x 16 cm/8.7 x 6.3 in. Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 26 Febr

€5,500
André Devambez (1867-1944), L’Enlèvement (The Abduction), 1929, oil on panel, 22 x 16 cm/8.7 x 6.3 in. Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 26 February 2021. Drouot Estimations auction house.

€10,788André Devambez (1867-1944), Le Chat Botté, voici venu le marquis de Carabas (Puss-in-Boots: here comes the Marquis de Carabas), oil

€10,788
André Devambez (1867-1944), Le Chat Botté, voici venu le marquis de Carabas (Puss-in-Boots: here comes the Marquis de Carabas), oil on panel, 22 x 16 cm/8.7 x 6.3 in.
Tours, September 18, 2020. Giraudeau auction house saleroom. Cabinet Maréchaux.

€19,220André Devambez (1867-1944), Nuit sur les Grands Boulevards (Grands Boulevards at Night), oil on canvas, 35 x 45.5 cm/13.8 x 17.9 in

€19,220
André Devambez (1867-1944), Nuit sur les Grands Boulevards (Grands Boulevards at Night), oil on canvas, 35 x 45.5 cm/13.8 x 17.9 in. Tours, November 14, 2020. Giraudeau auction house saleroom.

















 
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