Reclining Woman

by Paul César Helleu

£35,000

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 18.00 x 26.75 ins (45.72 x 67.95 cms)
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Helleu’ lower left
MEDIUM: Chalk and pencil on paper

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 at rest on her ornate settee; his trademark.

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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 at rest on her ornate settee; his trademark.

Provenance: Private Collection, United States

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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.

Helleu immortalised many beautiful women in paint and graphite because he became the darling of fashionable, aristocratic ladies at the time (including Coco Chanel).

Helleu was born in Vannes in 1859 and moved to Paris as a young man. He later became a pupil of Jean Leon Gérome at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts and became a lifelong friend of fellow student John Singer Sargent. Gérome was to buy his first painting. Artists including Monet, Rodin and Tissot also recognised his talent whilst he was studying in Paris (he was later formally accepted as part of the Impressionist group). In fact, Tissot gave Helleu his own engraving tools because he was in such despair after the death of his beloved Kathleen Newton that he was unable to use them to make art. As a result, Helleu became an excellent drypoint engraver and one can see those skills for draughtsmanship and fine line work in this particular piece.

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