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Malherbe William

1884 – 1951

French-American Painter

Bouquet de Fleurs

Signature: signed lower right 'William Malherbe'
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: image size 62,5 x 51,5 cm, frame size 80 x 69,5 cm

William Malherbe, born on December 28, 1884, was a distinguished French-American painter who made a lasting impact on the art world, particularly within the realm of post-impressionism. His artistic journey unfolded through significant periods in both the United States and Europe.

Starting his artistic endeavors at the young age of 18 in Paris, Malherbe studied architecture for a year and a half at the School of Decorative Arts. During this formative period, he experimented with various styles, including Cubism, Fauvism, Post-impressionism, and Neo-Impressionism. This exploration culminated in the development of a purely personal style, marked by creative brilliance that would illuminate the modern art scene during his active years.

Among his friends and inspirations were prominent painters of the lively arts scene, such as Renoir and Bonnard. This lively period set the stage for Malherbe’s later success, as he found inspiration in the vibrant artistic community.

Between 1939 and 1948, Malherbe embarked on a transformative journey in the United States. This period, which included his mid-stay execution of a notable piece, showcased his mastery of color and light. Inspired by the bright sunlight and scenic views, he employed thick paint in jewel-toned colors, creating a pulsating surface reminiscent of Bellow’s landscapes.

Returning to France in 1948, Malherbe continued to contribute to the art world until his passing in 1955. His legacy endures in collections like the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris, reflecting the enduring impact of his colorful and light-infused post-impressionist works. Renowned for his evocative pieces, such as “The Lady with the Pink Hat,” “Still Life with Anemones,” and “The Reading,” Malherbe displayed a profound mastery of various subjects, including portraiture, still life, and captivating genre scenes.

Muzéo proudly presents exquisite reproductions of William Malherbe’s celebrated artworks, capturing the essence of his artistic legacy. His enduring impact continues to resonate within the world of art and beyond, cementing his place as a particularly interesting artist of his day, as recognized by the famous art historian, critic, and poet Gustave Kahn.

Notes: Between 1939 and 1948, William Malherbe resided in the United States. During this time, he created a vibrant piece inspired by the sunlight and scenery around him, using thick paint in jewel-toned colors reminiscent of Bellow’s landscapes. Starting exhibitions in Paris at 18, Malherbe explored various styles before developing his own unique style, recognized by Gustave Kahn as “particularly interesting.” He counted Renoir and Bonnard among his friends and inspirations.

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