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Mela Muter's painting "Avignon", oil / plywood, dimensions 47x54 cm, signed lower right MUTER, in attachment to the painting there is the Millon & Associes auction catalog and purchase invoice from 2012.
Mela Muter, actually Maria Melania Mutermilch nee Klingsland (Warsaw 1876 - Paris 1967) - one of the most interesting artists of the so-called École de Paris; despite studying with Miłosz Kotarbiński in Warsaw as well as in the Académie de la Grande Chaumiére and Académie Colarossi in Paris, she considered herself self-taught, claiming that the real school of painting was only contacts with outstanding artists and their art. A friend of many artists and personalities (including R. Rolland, A. Zweig. R.M. Rilke, A. France. G. Clemenceau) from 1901 she lived permanently in Paris, acquiring French citizenship in 1927. She traveled several times to Spain and Switzerland, and she always kept in touch with Poland, working for the country and taking part in his artistic life. Valued primarily as a portraitist, she also painted landscapes and still lifes. She devoted many paintings to the topics of motherhood, suffering and old age. In the early period, she painted pictures kept in the convention of realistic and dark colors (Portrait of L. Staff, Game of chess). Later, in the "French" period, she brightened the palette, used a clear contour and stylized forms aimed at geometrization. In recent years, large groups of the artist's works have been presented at several exhibitions at the National Museum in Warsaw ("Polish Artists", "Ewa and Wojciech Fibak Collection", and above all at the large exhibition of the artist's paintings from the collections of Lina and Bolesław Nawrocki).