Project Description

Elie Anatole PAVIL

The party in Montmartre , circa 1900
Oil on panel
Size: 18 x 23.5cm
Price: 3800 €

Elie Pavil depicts a party, full of enthusiasm and joy. The point of view gives the impression that the viewer is at the painter’s table. Pavil, seated, draws the spectacle that is happening before his eyes. The artist reports on the jubilation, sparkling and shimmering of the Montmartre evenings of the Belle Époque.

In the foreground, the painter challenges the viewer through the character in the foreground, who catches us looking at her. In front of her, a champagne seal and a glass. Between the tables, a dancer comes and goes, makes her skirt and shoulders dance. Sketched from life, the scene is lively and colorful.

The painting is a work of the painter’s youth. It bears witness to the great delicacy of the artist and his sensitivity to human relations.

Elie Pavil is a post-impressionist painter and watercolourist, focused on animated landscapes of nature, water and the city. Directly influenced by the Impressionists, he is sensitive to variations in light.

The artist exhibited in 1905 at the Salon, then at the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon d’Automne. His work is hailed, he receives numerous awards. The artist ends his days in Morocco, whose very special light marks his work and his spirit.


• Musée d’Orsay and the Musée du Petit Palais in Paris hold works by the artist.

• Some personal exhibitions and retrospectives are organized in Paris, at the Galerie Bernheim (1907), at the Galerie Georges Petit (1921) and at the Galerie Charpentier (1933). In 1923, he took part in the “Modern Painter of Group III” exhibition alongside Picasso, Signac, Survage, Utrillo, Valadon, Valtat, Van Dongen, Matisse, Camoin, Bonnard, Vlaminck, to name but a few.


• cat. sales, Centenary Elie-Anatole Pavil: Drawings. Watercolors. Paintings:[vente] May 29, 1973, Claude Robert auctioneer, Hotel Drouot, Paris, 1973

• cat. sale, Elie-Anatole Pavil 1873-1948:[vente] December 12, 1972 , Hotel Drouot, Paris, 1972