An invitation to faraway journeys was illustrated by the magnificent palettes of two traveling artists.
Paul Jouve (1878-1973), Fillette à cheval accompagnée d’un cavalier targui et d’un chien (Little Girl on Horseback Accompanied by a Targui Horseman and a Dog), c. 1908, signed oil on canvas, stamped “Paul Foinet et Fils” on the back, 82 x 100 cm (approx. 31.9 x 39.4 in).
An atypical work in Paul Jouve's corpus, this decidedly dreamy vision of a Little Girl on Horseback Accompanied by a Targui Horseman and a Dog garnered €25,000. The richly colored painting full of vibrant mauves and violets dates from around 1908, and until now had remained in the family of Charles Jonnart, the governor of Algeria. He bought it while the painter was staying at the Villa Abd-el-Tif in Algiers, the "Algerian Villa Medici" set up in an old residence built by a Turkish dignitary on the heights of the white city. As Christine Peltre notes in her book Les Orientalistes (Hazan, 1997) about Jouve: "This was a decisive period for him, when his vocation as an animal painter really developed in Algeria." Another admirer of a more authentic life was André Maire, who traveled throughout distant Asia, particularly India and Indochina, and returned with similarly dreamlike scenes. One such painting, Elephants Walking Through a Ruined Asian Temple, oil on panel signed and dated "1937" on the bottom right (54 x 45 cm/21.2 x 17.7 in), is a monumental composition with a powerful low angle view. This vision in browns and grays inspired a bidding battle up to €10,000.