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Vieux Maquis, Montmartre

Oil on board, signed

9¾ x 13 in


Provenance: Ex collection Julien A. Phillipson

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Born in Paris in 1855, Quizet took up painting in 1903. Essentially self taught, he exhibited in Paris at the   Salon de la Societe des Beaux-Arts, the Salon Des Independants and at the Autumn Salon. He was a friend of Maurice Utrillo, whom he helped in his early period in Montmartre around 1900. He was also friendly with   Leprin and with Valtat and was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour for his contribution to the Arts. In 1943 he painted five large decorative panels for Town Hall in Pre-St-Gervais. He aimed to capture the romantic, picturesque quality of what was left of rustic life on the outskirts of Paris. He adored Montmartre and often painted its streets and major Landmarks. The two Windmills depicted in the present picture are probably the Moulin de Galette, made famous by Renoir’s depiction of its interior after it had been changed into a Dance Hall and its sister mill which was owned by the same family.Quizet’s paintings are in many French art galleries and private collections including: the Musee d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, The Art Collection at the Petit Palais, the Museum of Old Montmatre and the Museum of St. Denis


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