Élégante

£35,000

Referenced in the archives of the Amis de Paul-César Helleu under the n° 4338. Authenticated by Mrs. Howard-Johnston in 1988.

In this elegant drawing, Paul César Helleu has rapidly drawn this stylishly attired woman using his signature loose gestural draughtmanship. This looseness and ease of depiction suggests that the work was finished in situ, rather than through a series of studies, which is how Helleu preferred to work. Although this drawing was clearly composed rapidly, Helleu has taken careful care in depicting the sitter’s fashionable furbelowed dress and  hat with jaunty feathers. Additionally, he has delicately rendered her up to date makeup and hairstyle by judicious application of colour. Paul César Helleu has created an exquisite drawing of a society lady; his trademark.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 70.00 cms x 48.00 cms /27.56 ins x 18.90 ins x 0.0 ins
SIGNATURE: Signed lower left
MEDIUM: Crayon on paper

Catalogue No: 4321 Categories: ,

Description

Helleu immortalised many beautiful women in paint and graphite because he became the darling of fashionable, aristocratic ladies at the time (including Coco Chanel).  Perhaps what makes him all the more appealing to the modern viewer is that, despite this, he was not a cad; throughout their lives together, his favourite model was his wife.

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