Is it possible to ignore the art of Jacqueline Marval in the evolution of French painting at the beginning of the XXth century? She was, without a doubt, an artist whom did bring a lot to the young generation of fauvism.
Raphaël Roux dit Buisson is today specialized in this great artist, whom work often appears within those of her most lustrous piers ; Matisse, Manguin, Marquet, Rouault, Camoin, Charles Guuérin, Flandrin...) - whom often admired her and became her friends.
Jacqueline Marval's (1866-1932) artworks are the expression of her general action: Each brushstroke can be seen as itself in the final result and let the viewer feel the quest of creation as well as the the energy and confidence of the action. With those processes, the artist creates her feminine figures as she'd represent landscapes seen from a moving train, redefining women in her own personal way right before the Modern movement.
In that way, not only did she participate in its representation, but she also gave it another perspective, hers.
Marval arrived in Paris the way she started painting, in a certain urge to avoid a life that was already written for her. Her entrance in Montparnasse's art sphere will be immediate, allowing her to meet her peers, who were then Gustave Moreau's students, Matisse, Marquet, Manguin, Camoin, Rouault and even her future partner, Jules Flandrin.
Her style quickly sharpens as she paints. Marval exhibits from 1901 at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris and enters Ambroise Vollard's collections. From her early works, Marval that just arrived in the Modern era, grows into a pioneer of Fauvism, movement she will keep on learning about, whether its spontaneousness or synthesis of the object.
Since then, her painting is saluted and recognized by her contemporaries. From Guillaume Apollinaire praising her, to curator Andry-Farcy's support, but also orders from the Champs-Elysées theater, her entrance into national collections (Musée du Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes et Grenoble) and international ones (Milwaukee Art Museum, Ohara museum of Art), those echos from the past confrm the inspiration breathed by the avant-gardiste that was Jacqueline Marval.
Raphaël Roux dit Buisson, passionated and expert of the artist, has now been sharing Marval's work for more than 30 years.
— Lucien Roux