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Paul Cesar Helleu, etching, "Madame Letellier," c. 1905

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Paul Cesar Helleu, etching, "Madame Letellier," c. 1905
Paul Cesar Helleu, French, 1859-1927, "Madame Letellier," etching with drypoint, plate size 21 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches, c. 1905, edition of about 100, published by Sagot with blindstamp in lower right margin, pencil signed. Helleu began his art career when he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and worked as an apprentice for Theodore Deck, decorating ceramic plates with women's portraits. He became friends with many artists of La Belle Epoch, including John Singer Sargent, Whistler, Tissot, Monet and Rodin, and became well known for his elegant portraits of women of French society. Helleu was a master of the drypoint, in which the image is scratched directly onto the metal plate, rather than bitten with acid. The immediacy of the dryoint technique enabled Helleu to portray his subjects with a delicate lifelike spontaneity, as in this portrait of Madame Letellier.

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