N05989 Pluie (Rain) 1929
Inscribed 'Marcoussis' t.r.
Oil on canvas, 24 x 18 (61 x 45.5)
Purchased from Roland, Browse and Delbanco (Knapping Fund) 1951
Prov: With Galerie d'Art du Faubourg, Paris (purchased from Mme Alice Halicka, the artist's widow); with Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London
Exh: Notable Purchases and Paintings by Marcoussis, Roland, Browse and Delbanco, London, February 1951 (32)
Lit: Jean Lafranchis, Marcoussis: sa Vie, son Oeuvre (Paris 1961), No. P.169, pp.124-5, 132, 136, 266, repr. p.266 as 'Pluie' 1929
Marcoussis spent the summer of 1929 at Saint-Servan near Saint-Malo and began at this time to introduce a Breton loaf or loaves into a number of his still lifes. In this picture, a loaf and a wine-glass are on a table with a cloth in front of a window, through which one sees a glimpse of a stormy sky with rain falling. It is particularly similar in theme and style to a smaller picture 'The Storm', now in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, which is signed and dated 1929 (Lafranchis No. P.170). 'The Storm' includes most of the same elements, including a window with rain falling, but differently arranged. The combination of a still-life subject with a glimpse through a window or a doorway is characteristic of his work at this period.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.485, reproduced p.485