Oil on Canvas, Signed bottom right. Titled “Feminie Couchee” and numbered 14 in pencil to reverse. Mounted in its original frame and measuring in total 67cm X 50cm.
Madeleine Plantey a French artist of some note, loses her father young, her mother gave singing lessons to make ends meet and raise her three children. After a long life together with Louis Milliat, she finally married him after the death of Joseph Milliat, who did not want his son to marry an artist. The couple later adopted a daughter.
Madeleine Plantey was a pupil of Tony Tollet in Lyon. She painted nudes, dancers and still life. On Sundays she often traveled to the countryside to paint and pick wild flowers that make up her still life subjects.
She exhibited in a gallery on rue Auguste Comte in Lyon, and annually presented her works “hors-concours” at the Salon des Beaux-arts in Lyon. She was a member of the Society of French Artists.
Madeleine Plantey died in 1985 in Saint-Laurent-de-Chamousset. Several of her paintings are with public collections including Lyon Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Modern Art of Saint-Étienne and the Museum of Saintes Awards.