B A C K

GASTON-ALBERT CHOPARD

Paris 1883-1942

Three Diana Monkeys on a Branch (“cercopithecus diana”), 1929

Three Diana Monkeys on a Branch (“cercopithecus diana”), 1929

Signed and dated, lower right, GCHOPARD/1929; inscribed, upper right, cércopithecus Diane


Oil on canvas

35 x 32 inches

89 x 81 cm

Provenance

M. Neal Fiertag, Paris, 2006

Private collection, New York


Literature

Armand Dayot, Les Animaux, Paris, 1930, no.16, illustrated

Engraver for several books and isolated prints, Chopard shared a studio on the rue des Plantes in Paris with another well-known animalier artist, Marcel Lemar.


Although he painted and drew extensively, Chopard earned his living illustrating books with portraits and wood-block prints depicting animals. His favorite animals were bears and monkeys, particularly baboons, which he often depicted in oversized wood-block prints. In the company of his friend Lemar, he sketched in the zoos of the Jardin des Plantes and the Bois de Vincennes, a French tradition that goes back to Delacroix and Barye.


Chopard exhibited initially at the Société nationale des Beaux-Arts, the Salon des Animaliers during the 1920s, and regularly at the Salon des Indépéndants held at the Grand Palais.  At the end of his life he and Lemar published Souvenirs sur Marcel Lemar et Gaston Chopard, La pipe en écume, 1942-1945.

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