GEORGES DANIEL DE MONFREID PAINTINGS FOR SALE & BIOGRAPHY
GEORGES DANIEL DE MONFREID
'Georges Daniel de Monfreid's work was not very extensive, but he commanded attention by virtue of his close relationship with Paul Gauguin. Monfreid and Gauguin corresponded over a long period of time while the latter was living a reclusive life in Tahiti, having earlier been Monfreid's guest in his studio in the Cité des Artistes on the Boulevard Arago in Montparnasse. In her book My Father Paul Gauguin (Paul Gauguin mon Père), Pola Gauguin wrote of 'Daniel Monfreid, a painter whom he (Gauguin) had met at Schuffenecker's. The Captain, as Monfreid was known in this circle, was of a fiery and active nature and had wide-ranging talents which he used on a modest scale, both as the owner of a schooner with which he cruised the Mediterranean and as a painter and a homesteader in the Pyrenées.' After taking him in and providing him with accommodation, it was Monfreid who later established and maintained the link - particularly thanks to their uninterrupted correspondence - between Gauguin in Tahiti and the Parisian art world and art market.
Monfreid exhibited at the Café Volpini in Paris in 1899 with the Groupe Impressionniste et Synthétiste, and took part in the Salon d'Automne. His work was represented at the 1998 exhibition 1894-1908. Le Roussillon at the Beginnings of Modern Art (1894-1908. Le Roussillon à l'Origine de l'Art Moderne) in the Palais des Congrès of the Town of Perpignan. In 2003 the Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle in Alençon presented the exhibition Georges-Daniel de Monfreid, Gauguin's Confidant (Georges-Daniel de Monfreid, le Confident de Gauguin).' (Benezit, Dictionary of Artists, Gründ, 2006)