Augustin Grass-Mick - Portrait impressionniste

Augustin Grass-Mick - Portrait impressionniste
Oil on cardboard - Not signed - 1914

Augustin Grass-Mick was born on 5th September 1873, in the Grenelle district of Paris. His parents, from the little military bourgeoisie, like to receive artists at home: painters musicians, writers, actors. Augustin is a curious, mischievous and rather lonely boy. As a child, he became interested in drawing and painting thanks to Crésigny, a medal-modeler, his father’s friend, who regularly gives him books, pictures and sketchbooks. Against his father’s advice, at the age of 14, he starts an apprenticeship with the engraver-lithographer Auguste Lemoine, then with the Dangler brothers, the painters and Georges L'Auvergne, a stained glass painter. During this period, he spent time in several workshops, took Decorative Arts lessons, drew illustrations for various newspapers and worked as ghost illustrator for, among others, Henri de Sta in order to finish overly important commissions. From 1885 to 1906, it was the time of encounters and friendships. He met the composer Éric Satie, the painter Toulouse-Lautrec, the poet Verlaine, Choubrac, Poulbot, Valadon and many other historical characters. Its name begins to circulate and the exhibitions follow one another: Berthe Weill Gallery, Salon des Indépendants, Salon d'Automne, Salon des Humoristes. In 1906, he married a variety singer, Lucie Arnaldi, his partner for 4 years. Alongside his painted work, Grass-Mick is a well-liked art critic and a fierce historian. He played a decisive role in the rediscovery of Provençal artists forgotten by the people of Marseilles. He wrote two books, "The Light on Daumier" and "The Light on Puget" and took an avid interest and investigated the true story of Joan of Arc and that of Louis XVII. He died in 1963 at the age of 90, leaving few painted works but many drawings, sketches and manuscripts.

Lot details
Augustin Grass-Mick
Title of artwork
Portrait impressionniste
Oil on cardboard
Not signed
Overall in good condition
Sold with frame
2200 g
Image size
33×41 cm
Total dimensions
51×61×3 cm
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