Paris, Porte St. Denis Signed ‘Elie Pavil’ (lower right) Oil on canvas 39 x 46 cm Provenance: Galerie Abels, Cologne, Germany (exhibition catalogue, illustrated) Myers Fine Art, lot 145 Borodulin Collection All lots marked with the symbol are under temporary importation and are subject to import tax (EU) Elie Anatole Pavil was born in Odessa, Russia in 1873. He came to Paris in 1892 and established himself in Montmartre, on the Rue Caulaincourt. He arrived at the high point of La Belle Époque; Pavil dedicated himself to capturing its atmosphere on canvas. For most of the next fifty years he painted the cafes, the beautiful women, the jazz bands and artist ateliers of Paris. His paintings show an intimate knowledge of the inhabitants of the streets and alleys of Montmartre. Elegant couples dancing, beautiful models posing, working men finishing their day with a drink at the bar, all were cap- tured in Pavil’s carefully balanced compositions, many of which show the distinct influence of Degas and Renoir. Pavil exhibited at the Salon des Artists Français, Salon des Indépendants, and the Salon d’Automne. He exhibited at Galerie Charpentier, Galerie Georges Petit, and Galerie Bernheim Jeune. Claude Monet described Pavil’s pain- tings as “little marvels”. He was awarded Chevailier de la l’Légion d’Hon- neur. Pavil also counted Pissaro among his friends. Pavil continued painting with the same passion until the end of his days.