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Léon-Jean-Basile Perrault

100,000 - 150,000 USD
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  • Léon-Jean-Basile Perrault
  • Young Girl with a Basket of Flowers
  • signed-L-Perrault- and dated 1880 (lower left)
  • oil on canvas
  • 42 3/4 by 30 3/4 in.
  • 108.6 by 78.1 cm


Gesner Fine Art
Acquired from the above in 1985

Catalogue Note

Growing up in a poor home, Léon Perrault saw his artistic talent as a means to escape destitution and to give his family a better life.  Soon outgrowing the drawing lessons available in his native village of Poitiers, the young artist was given a pension for travel to Paris, and in 1853 entered the home and studio of François Edouard Picot. Perrault would go on to study at the Académie des Beaux Arts and the Académie Julian, where he would meet his friend and mentor William Bouguereau. While Perrault's early career is highlighted by works featuring traditional allegorical, religious and military subjects, many of his most memorable compositions follow Bouguereau's artistic example, as made evident by the present work. Here, Perrault is not only showing his ability to render the child’s gentle expression, but also demonstrates that he is a brilliant colorist and observant botanist.

Léon Perrault enjoyed enormous success during his lifetime, exhibiting at the Salon regularly and earning medals in 1864, 1876, and 1878 as well as being named Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 1887.