Maurice Léan

Maurice Léan (French) – Mid 20th Century
Street, Church, and Figures, oil on board, signed, l/r, dated ’66, 19.5″ x 14.5″, unframed

Street, Church, and Figures, oil on board, .signed
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Estimate: $200. Offers invited.

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This painting is in very good condition but in need of a light clean and varnish. There are spots across the canvas board that reveal the raw board (or primer) but this was intentional and not unusual for paintings of this era. One of his paintings offered in an auction of Post-Impressionist art revealed even more of the raw board.

Aside from auctions of his work, Maurice Léan’s bio is blank, except for auctions listing him as “a French Impressionist & Modern artist”. This painting is dated 1946. Le Pont Transbordeur à Marseille, 1937, sold for $1129 and Bords du Clain en Automne realized 125 EUR. Both were nice paintings but the prices can only be explained by factors beyond visual appeal. A third painting was a street scene painted in 1945. This painting bears a label printed Josef Rettich, Villingen/Schwenningen, Kunsthandlung, Gemäldegaleri, Bildereinrahmung. Villingen Schwenningen is a German town equidistant to Strasbourg, France and Basel, Switzerland.

A bromide print of Maurice Lean Wilkinson (1873-1946), Brigadier, in the collection of The National Portrait Gallery, London raises the possibility of a relationship with Maurice Léan, artist. Brigadier Wilkinson was in the Armed Forces Intelligence Services and the portrait is from 1928, photographed in London.

Maurice Lean Wilkinson (1873-1946), Brigadier – Bromide print, 1928.

Also by this artist:

Le 14 Juillet, 1945 – Oil on cardboard
Sculpture and pitcher in the studio – Oil on canvas
Le pont transbordeur à Marseille, 1937 – Oil on canvas


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