The centauress

Elie Clavel

Pastel on paper 61 X 50 cm signed and dated 1928, mounted in a period frame with green and gold inverted slope 78 X 61 cm. A poem and an indication on the back of the framing card kept during the museum restoration.
This delicate illustrator from Montech near Montauban, along with Edmond Dulac or Arthur Rackam, is part of this generation who delivered superb drawings for fairy-tale and symbolist literature, both French and international. If his regional roots did not allow him to achieve the notoriety he deserved, the works that we discover here and there give us an idea of ​​his immense talent.
Here, a centaur crosses a river ford in the early morning in a landscape surrounded by mountains. This rare subject is further magnified by the back view of the mythological creature.
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