ANDRÉ MAIRE

Florian Härb Fine Art are proud to offer for sale a selection of drawings by travelling artist André Maire (Paris 1898–1984 Paris). The drawings record Maire’s time spent in Cambodia and Madagascar and originate directly from the artist’s estate. 

 

Having first travelled to Indochina while serving in the French Army, Maire returned there in 1948 and worked as an art teacher. The seven Visions of Angkor bring together architectural and sculptural elements of the ruined temples he visited, amalgamated with the country’s exuberant vegetation. The effigies of Buddha, Vishnu and Ganesha that populate his scenes were no longer in situ but Maire was able to study them at the museum of Phnom Penh and in the repository of Siem Reap, in north western Cambodia. Due to the mounting political tensions in Indochina, Maire returned to Paris in 1958, only to depart again the following year for Madagascar, thanks to a bursary from the Société des Beaux-Arts de la France d’outre-mer. During a year-long stay, Maire documented the island’s daily life in his vigorous drawings, including our group of five Women of Madagascar.

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Visions of Angkor
Ganesha and Buddha, Angkor

Ganesha and Buddha, Angkor

Signed and dated, lower right, André / Maire / 1954

Charcoal

657 x 504 mm

Literature

S. Thierry (ed.), Angkor. Le Cambodge d’André Maire, Paris, 2005, p. 195, illustrated

Three Buddhas

Three Buddhas

 

Signed and dated, lower left, André Maire / 1954

Charcoal

654 x 507 mm

Literature

S. Thierry (ed.), Angkor. Le Cambodge d’André Maire, Paris, 2005, pp. 128-29, illustrated

Head of Buddha, a Baphuon Style female Torso and Two Figures, Angkor

Head of Buddha, a Baphuon Style female Torso and Two Figures, Angkor

 

Signed and dated, bottom margin, André / Maire / 1953

Charcoal, red chalk

655 x 504 mm

Buddha, a Baphuon Style female Torso and an Apsara, Angkor

Buddha, a Baphuon Style female Torso and an Apsara, Angkor

 

Signed and dated, lower left, André Maire / 1957

Charcoal

648 x 499 mm

  

Literature

S. Thierry (ed.), Angkor. Le Cambodge d’André Maire, Paris, 2005, pp. 140-41, illustrated

Buddha, Angkor

Buddha, Angkor

 

Signed and dated, lower left, André / Maire / 1955

Charcoal

654 x 505 mm

Ganesha and Vishnu, Angkor

Ganesha and Vishnu, Angkor

 

Signed and dated, lower right, André / Maire/ 1953

Charcoal

655 x 502 mm

Buddha Vishnu and a Snake, Angkor

Buddha Vishnu and a Snake, Angkor

 

Signed and dated, lower right, André / Maire/ 1953

Charcoal, coloured chalks

655 x 505 mm

 

Literature

L. Harscoët-Maire, Voyages d’André Maire (1898-1984). Visions humanistes d’André Maire, peintre voyageur, Musée Regards de Provence, Marseille, 2017, p. 83, illustrated

 

Exhibitions

Roubaix, La Piscine–Musée d’Art e d’Industrie, and Beauvais, Musée départemental de l’Oise, André Maire (1898-1984), L’itinéraire décoratif d’un peintre voyageur (catalogue by L. Harscoët-Maire et al.), pp. 150-51, fig. 91

Ganesha and Vishnu, Angkor