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Young Girl Holding a Doll by Paul Cesar Helleu
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Artist: Paul Cesar Helleu (1859 - 1927), French Medium: Watercolor and ink on paper Size: 24” x 17” paper size Signed: Signed lower right Date: Circa 1880 Description: This portrait by Paul Cesar Helleu is typical of his style. The girl’s face is classic Helleu: pretty and looking at you as if she knows you. Portraits of children are less common than his pretty women and are very desirable. Helleu is known as an impressionistic painter, but his portraits are realistic and detailed. Condition: The painting is in good condition aside from an area of obvious toning of the paper (see photos). This toning can be removed with proper restoration. The lines are sharp and the image is crisp. Artist Biography: (Courtesy of AskArt) French painter and engraver, Paul-Cesar Helleu was born in Vannes on December 17, 1859. After working with ceramics and engraving, Helleu decided to study painting. He began his training with Jean-Leon Gerome at the National School of Fine Arts. Helleu’s first subjects were old churches, gothic naves, and stained glass windows. He later painted landscapes and scenes of Versailles. Yet it was his early 20th Century views of Parisian society that established Helleu’s reputation. His worldly effigies, female silhouettes, and sportive scenes of the elegant class, are among the most precise images of the “belle époque.” His refined style is evident in his etchings and drypoints, as well as his canvases. Helleu was a member of the National Society of Fine Arts beginning in 1893. He was also an honorary member of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters, and Engravers in London; and after 1904, he was decorated for the Legion of Honor. Helleu’s works are part of collections of the Boston Museum, the Louvre, and the Luxembourg Museum. Paul-Cesar Helleu died in Paris on March 23, 1927. Provenance: New York estate


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