A piece by Mathurin Méheut, How Much? – Lamballe-Armour



Are Mathurin Méheut’s works sought after on the art market today?

“He is an artist who was not unhappy during his life: he had many commissions, achieved fame, exhibited in Paris and was appointed official painter of the Navy. Moreover, in 1958, just two years after his death, a museum dedicated to his work was opened in Lamballe. Few artists have had a museum bearing their name so early. But for twenty years, its price has really exploded in the art market, doubling or tripling. And it continues to climb. Collectors and foreigners from all over France are interested in it. In my first sale, in 2021, for example, a color sketch of a bream in A4 format sold for 3,800 euros, while I was expecting 1,200 or 1,300 euros instead. Although this genius painter was able to reproduce the orange, pink or purple colors of the fish on the spot when it came out of the water, it was not a very successful task.

“Mathurin Meheut’s success is due to the fact that you don’t need to be a fine art connoisseur to appreciate one of his works. “His work is very accessible, especially his study of the marine world during his two-year stay at Roskoff from 1910,” Karl Benz believes. (The Telegram / Benoit Trehorel)

Why is the coast of Mathurin Méheut burning?

Mathurin Méheut’s success lies in the fact that you don’t need to be a fine art connoisseur to appreciate one of his works. His work is very accessible, especially his study of the marine world during his two-year stay at Roskoff from 1910. It has a very playful side; his works are sometimes close to comics. And he is an artist who inspires his subjects. Moreover, it achieves perfection in the anatomy and proportions of fish and crustaceans.

Familiar with the work of his grandmother, Mathurin Meheut, who was a lover of artists from the Breton school, Carl regularly entrusted Bens with works that the artist had to authenticate.  A task lo
Familiar with the work of his grandmother, Mathurin Meheut, who was a lover of artists from the Breton school, Carl regularly entrusted Bens with works that the artist had to authenticate. A task that is far from clear. “He is an artist who was copied a lot even in his lifetime.” (The Telegram/Julien Vaillant)

How much would you have to spend today to buy one of his pieces?

“For a simple impression, prices range from €30 to €50, such as those prepared for the menus of the great Parisian seafood restaurant Prunier. Without color, for example, a small complex sketch related to a scene of everyday life in the village should count between 400 and 600 €. And for gouache or watercolor, it is immediately more than 1000 €. Also, a pair of small plates, shuttle from the sea, recently sold for €680. Then prices can skyrocket. At my Florilège sale in Quintin last June, the 40cm watercolor “La Vieille Pâtourde” from Plevenon, representing a cowherd woman, sold for €9,000. During the same auction, “Woman with Flying Foxes” made of five copies of monochrome pottery with white enamel was sold for 28,600 euros. To really gauge how much the Côte de Méheut has blown up, you need to know that the same model sold seven years ago in Brest for €12,240.

Your job is also to authenticate works. Simple with Mathurin Méheut?

“Absolutely. He is a much-copied artist even in his lifetime. There was also a great forger of Méheut in the department, now deceased. When people come to see me read with Méheut’s work, I am systematically cautious. At first I got used to my sensibility. But even if my eye is fading, I am comparatively I begin research. These are hours and hours of research that regularly take me to the Lamballe museum or to temporary exhibitions. But it also involves graphological analysis. And in case of persistent doubt, the last step is to question senior experts and museum curators.”

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