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.
Visions of Angkor
Buddha Vishnu and a Snake, Angkor
Signed and dated, lower right, André / Maire/ 1953
Charcoal, coloured chalks
655 x 505 mm
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
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