To be honest I’m not sure how long this link will be good for but if you click here you’ll be able to see a large selection of life and other drawings by the Fauvist artist Albert Marquet at Druet Richelieu in Paris that are part of an auction taking place on the 16th October. I always like seeing working drawings and roughs by artists and not just the selected best works that are often reproduced in books. It makes me feel closer to the artist and the period in which they were done.
Albert Marquet was born in 1875 and studied at the Ecole des Beaux arts where he befriended Henri Matisse. (They both studied under Gustav Moreau.) Along with Roualt, Matisse and Derain Marquet was responsible for organising the first Salon d’automne, an alternative the official rather conservative Salon of the time. The Salon d’automne is still in existence today. He’s generally considered to be a bit of a second division Fauve although some of his work looks pretty good to me. I love his Sergeant of the Colonial Regiment which can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and think he’s miles better than somebody like Derain.
The reserve prices for the drawings are also all pretty reasonable for this kind of thing (200-300 euros)