Paul César Helleu Figurative Print - Le Visage Encadre, Madame Helen Helleu (The artist's Wife)
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Paul César Helleu
Le Visage Encadre, Madame Helen Helleu (The artist's Wife)

Circa 1900


This artwork titled "Le Visage Encadre, Madame Helen Helleu" (The artis's wife) Circa 1900, is a original drypoint on wove paper by artist Paul Cesar Helleu (French, 1857-1927) It is signed in pencil at the lower right margin by the artist. The image (plate Mark) size is 10.85 x 15.75 inches, sheet size is 14.85 x 20 inches. It is in very good condition considering the age, and has been professionally cleaned. It is framed in a custom wooden gold frame, with fabric matting and gold color bevel. This is an exceptional piece by this renowned artist. About the artist. 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. He gained recognition by depicting with precise details the life at the time of “The Belle Epoque” the female silhouettes, and scenes of the elegant class, His refined style is evident in his etchings and drypoints, as well as his canvases. He was friend and with world acclaimed artists and celebrity such: James Mcneill Whistler, Claude Monet, James Jacques Tissot, Edgar Degas, Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel. 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 numerous museums worldwide, including the Boston Museum, the Louvre, and the Luxembourg Museum. Paul-Cesar Helleu died in Paris on March 23, 1927.


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    H 25.25 in. x W 29.75 in. x D 2.25 in.H 64.14 cm x W 75.57 cm x D 5.72 cm
  • Gallery Location
    San Francisco, CA
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    Helleu 10001
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