Lot 5
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Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer

50,000 - 70,000 GBP
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  • Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer
  • Venise
  • signed Lévy-Dhurmer lower right
  • pastel on paper
  • 64 by 87cm., 25¼ by 34¼in.


Sale: Christie's, London, 29 November 1994, lot 104
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner


Brussels, Galérie des artistes français, Lévy-Dhurmer, 1927-28
Takamatsu, City Museum; Tokyo, Bunkamura Museum of Fine Arts; Himeji, City Museum of Art: Symbolisme en Europe, 1996-97, no. 11, illustrated in the catalogue
Munich, Haus der Kunst, Die Nacht, 1998-99, no. 219, illustrated in the catalogue
Brescia, Palazzo Martinengo, Da Pont-Aven ai Nabis, 1999, illustrated in the catalogue
Verona, Palazzo delle Ragione, Il settimo splendore, la Modernita della Malinconia, 2007, illustrated in the catalogue
Bern, Kunstmuseum; Lugano, Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Mythes et mystères, le Symbolisme et les artistes suisses, 2013, no. 8, illustrated in the catalogue


Valentina Anker, Le Symbolisme suisse - destins croisés avec l'art européen, Berne, 2009, p. 27, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Lévy-Dhurmer's work first came to public attention for his illustrations for the book of poems, Bruges-la-Morte composed by the Belgian Symbolist poet Georges Rodenbach and published in 1892.

It was in the early 1890s also that Lévy-Dhurmer began to work primarily in pastel, the medium imbuing his compositions with an ethereal, dream-like quality. He visited Venice in 1895, and had his first one-man show at the Galerie Georges Petit in Paris the following year.

The present work bears clear parallels to the work of Whistler (fig. 1) as well as Henri le Sidaner and Claude Monet, the latter two likewise evoking the grandeur and mystery of Venice in their work and who also exhibited at Galerie Georges Petit.