ROLAND MARIE GERARDIN
OIL ON CANVAS, SIGNED
FRENCH, PAINTED IN ROME, C.1934
55 X 62 INCHES
Roland Marie Gérardin
Paintings he exhibited at the Salons of 1933-1935 were scenes of groups relaxing by a lake or river. The painting in the Salon of 1933 called “Jeunes Filles au Bord de l’eau” is noteworthy because it is a group of young women, one completely nude, one undressing while the two others relaxing close by, a correlation can be drawn between this painting and Manet’s controversial painting “Dejuner sur l’herbe” painted in 1863, this works depicts an artist with friends and his nude model in the woods, it was rejected by the Salon and exhibited at the Salon des Refusés, how times had changed, but Gérardin still was able push the limits artistic freedom.