Nu au Repos is an important painting from the well known series of nudes Lebasque undertook in Le Cannet on the French Riviera between 1925 and 1926. These odalisques are now recognized as some of his finest achievements and are the culmination of his “Intimist” manner of painting: the celebration of the female form as fertile, warm and inspiring. The model for Nu au Repos was blonde named Marinette who appears in many of the nudes executed by Lebasque during this period. She was a favorite and also posed occasionally for Lebasque’s friend Pierre Bonnard.
Signature: Signed lower right: Lebasque
Nu au Repos is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Denise Bazetoux dated November 23, 1999; the work will be included in the forthcoming Henri Lebasque catalogue raisonne under preparation by Denise Bazetoux.
Private Collection, Paris
Private Collection, Beverly Hills