Portrait of a young woman


Paul César Helleu worked as a painter and an engraver in France at the turn of the century. His work epitomises the charm and elegance of French culture at the time – the belle époque – with all its verve and focus on fashion. Whilst he was renowned for his portraits of society ladies on commission, and those of his childhood sweetheart who later became his wife (Alice Guerin).

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 43.18 x 30.48 cm/ 17.00 x 12.00 ins
(framed) 68.6 x 55.9 cm/ 27 x 22 ins
SIGNATURE: Signed and inscribed ‘To Alice’
MEDIUM: Black and Sanguine Chalk


Catalogue No: 2245 Categories: ,


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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