Versailles - Parc du Petit Trianon - Le Boudoir
Maurice Utrillo (1883 - 1955)
Oil on panel, signed and dated 1934. Titled Versailles, Parc du petit Trianon-Le boudoir, signed Maurice Utrillo, V and dated 1934 verso.
Panel size: 9 x 12in / 23 x 30cm
Frame size: 15.5 x 18.5in / 40 x 47cm
The Petit Trianon was a palace used by Marie Antionette to escape the formality of court life. In the gardens of the palace she had built a selection of buildings representing an idealised version of rural life, including a farmhouse, dairy, barn, and dovecote. Such model farms, operating under principles espoused by the Physiocrats, were fashionable among the French aristocracy at the time. One primary purpose of the hamlet was to add to the ambiance of the Petit Trianon, giving the illusion that it was deep in the countryside rather than within the confines of Versailles. The ‘Boudoir’ was the smallest structure of the hamlet, and was nicknamed ‘the little house of the Queen.’ Marie Antionette would retire there herself, or use its intimate setting to entertain small numbers of her friends.
Sale: Palais Galliera, Paris, November 27th, 1974, lot 111
Sale: Artcurial, Paris, December 5th, 2005, lot 43
This painting is sold with a photo-certificate issued by Jean Fabris and will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné