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Antique French school impressionist oil painting of a woman by French artist, Marcel Bach (1879-1950).  This is an unusual and eye catching painting by a man who is a well respected, reknown French artist.  This jewel of a painting looks to be in its original frame.  It's an impressionist painting of a woman probably sewing.  The woman is shielded from the sun by a white hat with a black bow.  This is a small painting that for all it's simplicity has a big impact on the eye....


Medium: Oil on paper on board

Overall size: 12.5ins x 9.5ins or 32cms x 24cms (Approx)

Date: 1910's

Provenance: France.  

Signed: Marcel Bach (1879-1950)  You can find a photo of Marcel above.  Marcel studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, later settling in Marcillac.  He is quoted in the Dictionary of Little Masters of painting (1820-1920).  He was taken prisoner while serving as a soldier in World War I, he produced a number of works on the subject of the war, one of which a painting just before the battle of Verdun is in print.  However, he was more attracted to the landscapes of south-west France, which he painted in a sober, robust style and in muted tones.  His career led him from Bordeaux to Paris, where he joined the  Atelier de Fernand Cormon.  There was a Provencal stay between 1920 and 1925, and a return to the southwest, to Marcilhac-sur-Célé (Lot) where he had a house.  He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Indépendants in Paris between 1906 and 1932, the Salon d'Automne from 1920 to 1931, and the Salon des Tuileries from 1924 to 1933.

The main part of his painting consists of landscapes and still lifes, but he also tried scenes of everyday life, and war painting (he fought in 1914, and was made prisoner of war) . These paintings earned him a first prize in the competition on "the art of war" organized by "Le Matin"; many of his paintings are visible at the War Museum in Versailles.

Condition:  This painting is in good condition, however expect imperfections associated with age, such as small areas of missing paint.  Furthermore, the artist started out painting this on a small, thinner card and then attached this to a thicker backing board in order to make the painting larger.  It is an implication that this artist may not of had funds to buy painting supports or because of the war, supplies were scare, or that when he painted this he was a prisoner of war and painted on whatever he could lay his hands on.  He has signed the painting on both the original piece of light card and the backing board.  (see photos).  It's in a vintage frame, quite possibly the original, expect wear and tear associated with age, missing paint, missing moulding and indentations, old woodworm (carefully treated with a 20 year solution).

This painting is sent fully insured, track and trace with Colissimo.

Woman with a White Hat by Marcel Bach (1879-1950)


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