We love bringing to your attention fabulous French artists from the turn of the 19th to 20th Century, artists who were well-regarded in Paris, but may not be known in America…until now! This beautiful oil on canvas is by acclaimed Parisian Marthe Orant (1874-1957). Titled Vue de Montmartre- Paris, it was painted about 1900. Montmarte was a major artists’ and writers’ district in Paris in the early 20th Century, a charming hilly area that also features the famous church, la basilique Sacré Coeur, which can be seen in the background of this painting. The painting measures 45.5 c by 37.5 cm. It is stretched and awaiting framing. There is wear to the stretcher and the canvas has darkened, with slight paint flaking at the edges, but this is in lovely condition for being 117 years old!
Orant exhibited for the first time in 1923 at the Salon of the National Society of Fine Arts, and was named a member in 1933. She also participated in the Salon of French Artists, of which she had been a member since 1925; at the Salons des Indépendants since 1926; d'Automne, of which she was a member of the community; as well as that of the Tuileries from 1928 to 1940. She received a silver medal at the 1937 Universal Exhibition in Paris. Orant painted figures, nudes, interiors, landscapes, and flowers but her greatest love was Parisian themes of the quays, popular streets, public gardens, and Lake Bois de Boulogne. She was often compared to Renoir. Marthe Orant died in Paris in 1957.
An example of a similar painting sold at auction:
Title: Autour du Manège, by Marthe Orant
Sales Price: $1,313
Low Estimate: $1,000
High Estimate: $1,500
Signature: Signed Lower Left
Size: 21.25" x 25.50"
(53.98cm x 64.77cm)
Medium: Oil / Canvas
Auction Lot: 69008
Auction House: Heritage Auctions
Auction Date: 06/19/2015