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    Joseph Meert (American/Belgian, 1905-1990)
    Standing Nude in an Interior, 1941
    Oil on canvas
    40 x 28 inches (101.6 x 71.1 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: Meert 41

    PROVENANCE:
    Sale: Grogan & Company, Dedham, Massachusetts, September 23, 2007, lot 132;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.

    EXHIBITED:
    Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, Arizona, "Enduring America: Selections from the Collection of Art and Peggy Hittner," April 7 - May 29, 2015.

    LITERATURE:
    M. Berardi, Under the Influence: The Students of Thomas Hart Benton, exhibition catalogue, Saint Joseph, Missouri, 1993, p. 113.

    Joseph John Paul Meert emigrated to the United States from his native Belgium in 1910 with his parents and four siblings, settling in Wyandotte Township, Kansas (on the outskirts of Kansas City) with his aunt and uncle, a truck farmer. Meert studied at the Kansas City Art Institute (1923-26) and then at the Art Students League in New York City (1926-29), where the quiet, unassuming artist came under the influence of Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975). Meert was a close friend of Charles Pollock (brother of Jackson Pollock), and the two artists were generally acknowledged as Benton's favorite pupils. He returned to the Kansas City Art Institute in 1935, serving as Benton's teaching assistant when his mentor moved there to head the Painting Department. During his tenure at the Art Institute (through 1941), Meert produced paintings and lithographs in the Regionalist style popularized by Benton, favoring rural subject matter, while also executing several W.P.A. mural commissions for post offices in Missouri and Indiana.

    Meert likely painted Standing Nude in Interior in Kansas City, shortly before relocating to New York City in 1941. While more restrained than his mentor in his portrayal of the figure, the stylistic influence of Benton is clear. His composition, however, is more natural, peaceful and straightforward, lacking the contortions and raw energy characteristic of Benton's work. The artist pays homage to Cézanne by including a Cézanne still life reproduction in the background.




    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas; minor craquelure; canvas appears to be slightly slack with faint stretcher bar marks; under UV light, there appears to be an uneven discolored varnish.
    Framed Dimensions 33 X 45 Inches
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