Jules FLANDRIN (1871-1947)

A modern, synthetic and colorful work by Jules Flandrin, circa 1925, representing the portrait with hat and melon of his companion, the painter Jacqueline Marval.

Oil on canvas
Signed twice at the bottom left
Dimensions: 65 x 50 cm
With frame: 84 x 70 cm
Exhibited in Japan in 1926 / 1927, Franco-Japanese art society Tokyo. Exhibited in Lyon, Galerie des Jacobins Troncin frères from January 13 to 29, 1936 n° 5 “” The melon “” – Archives of Mr Georges Flandrin “- A postcard of the painting has been edited.
Price: €15,000

Jules Flandrin, Jacqueline Marval’s partner

Jules Flandrin is with any doubt an important painter of modern art. He met Jacqueline Marval in 1895, she was his companion for thirty-five years.
In our painting, J Flandrin testifies about the admiration he has for his partner represented in the center of the painting like a Madonna. The couple sitting face to face is not alone. The faces of the characters are turned towards other people but the painter spectator hilights his main subject, his loved one and surrounds her with bright colors.The character from behind that could represent him fades in front of this woman with an exuberant and sunny personality.We can imagine Jacqueline Marval at the center of all the attention. Like many artists, J Flandrin uses symbols here, the cigarette of the free woman; the sweet melon symbolizing earthly pleasures, fertility and life.

A modern, synthetic work with simplified forms and pure colors areas.

Close to Maurice Denis, Jules Flandrin shares with the Nabis an aesthetic made of simplified shapes and a synthesis of forms. He took pure colors and colorful areas technic from his friend Matisse .
In this work, his sense of color leads him to associate with great subtlety warm and cold tones.The grays of our painting are raised by some bright colors : the orange of the melon, the red of the chair, the yellow of an awning, the purple of the flowers of the hat and the pink of the face.


Jules Flandrin was a student of Gustave Moreau in the famous “fauve” class next to Marquet, Rouault and Matisse. Painter of landscapes, intimate scenes and still lifes; his free expression allows him to approach different genres with ease. He was influenced by the richness and variety of modern painting trends: from the Post-Impressionists with Signac, to the Nabis (his friends Maurice Denis, Bonnard, Sérusier,…) to Fauvism with Marquet and Matisse, his friends. Companion of Jacqueline Marval, he gave her a taste for painting.

From 1897, Jules Léon Flandrin’s paintings were accepted at the Salon du Champs de Mars and in 1898, he became one of the youngest members of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. He discovered the Russian ballets when they arrived in Paris in 1909 with Nijinsky, Pavlova, Karsavina.
He participated in several international exhibitions: in 1910 in London (Stafford Gallery with the Neo-Impressionists, in 1913 in Interlaken, Berlin and Munich. Appointed a member of the Salon d’Automne in 1911, he carried out various orders from the governement. In 1912, he received the Legion of Honor as a civilian.
Jules Flandrin seeks purity of line and balance in composition. He will participate in the introduction of modern art in the Museum of Grenoble


Cat. exp. Grenoble and its artists in the 19th century, Musée de Grenoble, 2020.


In France
-Museum of Grenoble (16 paintings)
-Beauvais MUDO Museum of the Oise
-Chambéry Fine Arts Museum
-Le Havre André Malraux Museum of Modern Art
Blérancourt French-American museum.
-Gray (Haute-Saône), Baron-Martin museum-depository of the Musée d’Orsay,
•New York