Tête d' homme
Oil crayon with brush wash on grained watercolour laid paper with watermark (presumably "ANNONAY", truncated) 67.8/68.6 x 50.5/50.8 cm Framed under glass. Signed 'A Mambour' in green and brownish colour lower left. - Remants of a former mounting verso, minimally pushing through to recto at upper margin; small marginal tear lower right, backed on verso.
The Belgian painter Auguste Mambour studied at the academy in his hometown Liège, where he held a professorship since 1931. An unmistakable, very personal style marks the work of the 1920s and 1930s, influenced by his sojourns in the Congo and his encounters with African art. At the end of the 1920s, his work was particularly influenced by Surrealism. This work is an early typical example of his painterly interpretation of draughtmanship.
Musées Louisiana & Lyngby (according to typwritten, old frame label of "Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale", Belgium)