Robert Eugene Pougheon was an important painter associated with the French Art Deco movement. He was a recipient of a Grand Prix de Rome in 1914, and had already been exhibiting his work and won several awards. He was awarded silver and then a gold medal in Paris. He became a Professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1935, and then an Inspector there. He became a member of the Institute Francais in 1942, and was subsequently curator of the Jacquemart-Andre Museum.
Although he was born in Paris, he was close friends with Jean Dupas and Jean Despujols, and is therefore often associated with the Bordeaux School.
In addition to smaller works, Pougheon also was commissioned to create murals. In the academic tradition, he did many studies for these murals prior to executing them.
This is a study for a mural, gouache on paper. It is a beautiful composition, full of excitement and movement. 35.5 x 18 inches.