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Roger Georges André Duval
(French, 1901-)
Arab Merchant Selling Oranges, 1920
Oil on canvas, 34 × 43 1/2 inches
Signed and dated at lower right: "ROGER – DUVAL"; "19<RD>20" [diamond monogram]
Inscribed in ink on stretchers: "Marchand Arabe ROGER – DUVAL"; "SALON D' AUTOMNE 1920"
Exhibited: Thirteenth Exhibition of the Salon d' Automne, 1920

RS 6675


Roger Duval was born in Paris in 1901. While little is known about his artistic education, this painting—submitted along with a sculpture and an illustration—was exhibited at the Thirteenth Annual Exhibition of the Salon d' Automne in 1920 when he was just nineteen years old.

Formed as a reaction against the conservative Paris Salon, the first exhibition of the Salon d' Automne featured works by Bonnard, Matisse, and Vuillard and over the years continued to feature the giants of Fauvism and Cubism. Duval first exhibited at the Salon in 1920 when it was held at the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées. 

"Marchand Arabe" or Arab Merchant was brought to the exhibition from Algeria and Le Littoral—a literary and political journal—reviewed his work favorably and predicted a bright future for his career.



  


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