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Charlotte Musson (1903 - 1974)

«Her workshop, between faubourg Montmartre and boulevard de Strasbourg, inserts amongst the button makers and the fabric tradesmen - the district masters - a kind of “Pantheon in pastel” (…). The faces she has modeled present common features : eyes with an inner sight or looking beyond things and people ; lips chiseled by the taste for the right word or the elegant sentence ; chins polished by meditation or luxuriant beards curling around the tip of fingers (this is how wise men tame the serpents of science) - such are the qualities that tempted the artist. »

« Intelligence ages well », she says.« At 70, Colette’s eye was glowing with relish. »

Article de Babette Rolin dans Beaux Arts Bruxelles 7-12-62.

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1903 : Birth of Charlotte Musson in Paris

1918 : She attends a drawing school, rue Abbeville, in Paris

1920’s : Charlotte Musson joins the group of young female painters gravitating around Marguerite Jeanne Carpentier in her workshop, rue de la Source, in Auteuil.

1930’s : She settles in her own workshop, rue de l’Echiquier, in Paris. The Canal Saint Martin, the banks of the Seine are the source of many of her works.

The smart set of literature and comedy gathers around Charlotte Musson and her companion Gonzague Truc. Beautiful pastel portraits of Marguerite Yourcenar, Marcel Aymé, Jean Paulhan, Gabriel Marcel, Marguerite Moreno, Madeleine Robinson... are made during those years.

She hangs her pictures in many exhibitions.

The French State and the city of Paris purchase some of her works.

1968 Charlotte Musson marries Gonzague Truc

1972 : Death of Gonzague Truc

1974 : Death of Charlotte Musson

1996 and 1998 : Many pictures by Charlotte Musson are donated to the museum and enrich its collection.

Arts and literature celebrities

… On a pedestal, in a mess of hundreds crushed fragments, a box of pastel is open. It is from this friable substance that she makes her masterpieces.
Régis Saint Hélier in "Femmes d’aujourd’hui" magazine.

Petite Plaisance, January 21, 1975 :

You will understand my reactions, you who talks so well about the large void left by the death of Charlotte Musson
Letter from Marguerite Yourcenar to Jeanne Carayon, sent from Mount-Desert Island.
Jean Paulhan - Directeur de la Nouvelle Revue Française (NRF) - (...) Marguerite Yourcenar - Pastel Marguerite Cahun, peintre, condisciple de M. J. Carpentier aux Beaux Arts - (...)


Young Musson, my pupil, has a surprisingly deep and accurate perception, due to a vibrating sensibility. She expresses her thought in a remarkable way. If she had the will to cultivate her mind and to work, what progress she could realize.
Marguerite Jeanne Carpentier’s diary - July 31, 1930
Jeune femme brune - Huile Madame Musson mourante - Pastel Paule Pelou - Huile

Private collections

Many beautiful works of art by Charlotte Musson are in private collections : nudes, Parisian landscapes, portraits. Some of them have been exhibited in Paris and Clermont-Ferrand.

Nu debout - Pastel Nu debout - Crayon Nocturne Nu à la draperie - Pastel Nu assis - Pastel André Thérive - Pastel

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