'La Balancoire' by Jacqueline Marval, French (1866–1932)
Jacqueline Marval (Marie-Josephine Vallet) was born in Quaix-en-Chartreuse, France on the 19th October 1866. In 1901, she exhibited a dozen paintings for the first time at the Salon des Independants, under the pseudonym of Jacqueline Marval (made up from the first 3 letters of her forename, Marie and her surname, Vallet). The art dealer Ambroise Vollard bought them all and would later also acquire her ‘Les Odalisques’, now in the Musée de Grenoble, one of her largest and most important works painted in 1903. In 1902, several of her paintings were displayed alongside works by Flandrin, Albert Marquet and Henri Matisse in a gallery in Rue Victor-Massé curated by Berthe Weill. In 1909, she exhibited for the first time at Galerie Druet, founded by Alfonse Eugène Druet and in the years that followed she would exhibit here regularly alongside other artists such as Georges Rouault, Roger de la Fresnaye and Henri Matisse. In 1912, she had on show at Galerie Druet ‘Les Odalisques’ and next to this was ‘La Balancoire’.