Horseback Riding, Chantilly (Translation)
Chantilly, Promenade des Chevaux (Primary Title)

Jacques Villon, French, 1875 - 1963 (Artist)

oil on canvas
Framed: 30 × 67 1/2 in. (76.2 × 171.45 cm)
Unframed: 19 3/4 × 57 in. (50.17 × 144.78 cm)
Villon, the brother of Dada artist Marcel Duchamp, began his own career as a newspaper caricaturist and printmaker. He was one of the organizers of the group Section d’Or (Golden Section), a name that refers to a mathematical proportion first discovered in antiquity and thought to offer an ideal aesthetic standard rooted in classical forms. Here Villon employs precise geometric forms to express the momentum of the horses at the famous French racecourse in Chantilly, outside Paris.
Signed and dated lower left: "Jacques Villon 50" on reverse: "Chantilly / Promenade des chevaux / Jacques Villon / 1950
Labels on back: Gallerie Louis Carre, on strecher, printed; Kunsthalle Bern, "No 0269, on stretcher, printed; Orangerie des Tuileries exhibition as "Chantilly", owner "Gallerie Carre" (85), on stretcher; "ED-049-23" in chalk on stretcher, "6691 ANT GOLD DARK LINEN" on wood outside stretcher"
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
2018-2020: "Gallery Takeover: European Masterpieces from the Mellon Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts", Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, March 1, 2018 - March 1, 2020

1967-1968: "French Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon," VMFA, April 4, 1967 - June 5, 1968

1952: "The School of Paris at Mid-Century. A Selection of Modern Paintings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zadok", Art Club of Chicago, May 1 - June 6, 1952. No. 42.

1951: "Jacques Villon," Musée National d'Art Moderne, paris, February 5 - march 25, 1951. No. 85.
©artist or artist’s estate

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