This is a wonderful painting and I love the calm serenity in her face. Compard reminds me of Gaugin a bit and the wonderful use of blues and greens along with the texture of the draping in her dress really make this piece stand out. This is a nice medium sized painting that could be used anywhere in the home.
Émile Compard was born on October 13, 1900 in Paris. He was encouraged from an early age by the collector Richard Goetz, who would later introduce him to Félix Fénéon. Fénéon owned the Galerie Bermheim-Jeune where Pierre Bonnard was also represented. Compard studied at l’Académie Julian from 1916 to 1920 and at the Araujo atelier from 1920 to 1922. In 1961 Compard created a series of humorous drawings about his time spent at l’Acadédemie Julian.
Compard exhibited prolifically at the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Salon des Indépendants, Salon des Tuileries, and the Salon d‘Automne, of which he was a member. Other exhibitions include the Salon de la Jeune Peinture Contemporaine, Galerie d’Art du Montparnasse, Galerie A. Fabre and Galerie Renaissance and, in 1937, l’Exposition Universelle. Compard’s work was shown in New York, Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf, and Stockholme.
Having worked under cubist influence and encouraged by Félix Fénéon and Pierre Bonnard, Compard came to experiment with the non-figurative. Compard was also greatly influenced by Taoist teachings and turned to the metaphysical in his work.
Compard died in 1977.