An exceptional and defining example of William Malherbe’s post-impressionistic landscapes and portraiture — a circa 1920s oil on stretched canvas.
Malherbe is a well-listed and coveted artist with outstanding auction hammer prices. To these eyes, an inferior village view with no figures sold for a record $4,180.00 in 1988.
Original label on verso, as seen, boldly signed lower left. This oil painting is an evocative and stirring example of his mastery of the post impressionistic landscape.
A bio on William Malherbe, 1884-1951
William Malherbe was born in Senlis, France, in 1884.
Malherbe exhibited at the Salon d’Automne, and exhibited at Galerie Durand-Ruet in Paris. He illustrated a book in 1925, La Flame du Poing, and was commissioned by the French governmeant to contribute World War I poster design including “Et La Victoire Est À Nous” in 1918. He exhibited at the Corcoran in Washington D.C.
From 1939 to 1948, Malherbe lived in the United States, in Vermont. He is considered an American artist by some collectors and dealers.
Malherbe was a Post-impressionist, there is a sense of Renoir in his technique. His paintings of beautiful women from around 1911-1914 are fascinating; the subjects seem to emerge from the canvas as the observer moves further back. He painted beautiful and colorful still lifes and outdoor scenes, and of course nudes.