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LUCIEN LÉVY-DHURMER (1865-1953)
Portrait of a Noble lady
Pastel on board laid on canvas Signed ‘Levy Dhurmer’ (lower left) 60 x 72.5 cm Son of Salomon Lévy and Pauline Goldhurmer, Lucien Levy-Dhurmer (1865-1953) was a painter, sculptor, ceramist, interior decorator. At the age of 14 he entered a drawing and sculpture high school of in Paris 11th arrondissement. In 1882 he took part in the «Salon des Artistes Français», and he worked as a potter from 1887 to 1895 at the Clément Massier pottery factory in Golfe Juan. Alongside this, he continued to paint in oil and pastel and participated in the 1896 «Théatred’application de la Bodiniére» by exhibiting together with Amon-Jean, Menard, Osbert, Schwebe, Séan, the great symbolists of the late 1800s. Appreciated artist in Paris in 1895, he began his rise thanks to the Petit Gallery, he participated in the «Salon» and in his studio in Paris he made numerous portraits on private commission. Famous for his pastels preserved today at the Musée d’Orsay and Petit Palais together with selected private collections, he is one of the 19th century French School masters. Some of his furniture is also preserved at the Metropolitan Museum of NY.