Signed ‘ML Verwee’ (lower left)
Oil on canvas
41 x 62 in. (104 x 157 cm.)
Born in Brussels in 1906, she came from a family rich in history. Her father Willebrord Louis Alphonse Paul Verwée was an industrialist. Among her ancestors was the Belgian painter Alfred Verwée. His landscapes and animal studies rivalled the paintings of Rosa Bonheur. His fame was great in Belgium and there is a monument to him in Schaerbeek. Another ancestor was Louis-Charles Verwée, known for his portraits and genre scenes
Marie studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts under Constant Montald, also the tutor to Rene Magritte. She went on to teach art and archeology (influences from the latter can be seen in this example), while devoting herself to painting.
In the 1930s she was feted by James Ensor among others. We are fairly sure that this magnificent painting in all its Art Deco glory comes from this period. It is likely that it is the finest example ever to have come onto the market.