Lot 579
  • 579

JULES JOSEPH LEFEBVRE | Fatima

Estimate
25,000 - 35,000 USD
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Description

  • Jules Joseph Lefebvre
  • Fatima
  • signed Jules Lefebvre and dated 1883 (center right) 
  • oil on canvas
  • 21 3/4 by 18 in.
  • 55.2 by 45.7 cm

Provenance

George I. Seney, Brooklyn (and sold, his sale, American Art Galleries, New York, February 11-13, 1891, lot 139)
J.J. Gillespie & Co., Pittsburgh 
Acquired from the above through the Prendergast Bequest, 1891

Exhibited

Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library, Dedication Loan Exhibition, 1895, no. 179

Literature

"Art Galleries and Societies," American Art Annual, Boston, 1900-1, vol. III, p. 114
Descriptive Catalogue of the Art Gallery of the James Prendergast Library Association, 
Jamestown, New York, 1906, no. 22 
Katherine E. Manthorne, The Mirror Up to Nature: A Catalogue of 19th and 20th Century Paintings in the Collection of The James Prendergast Library Association, Jamestown, New York, 1982, p. 26

Condition

Lined. Fine, stable craquelure is visible. Under UV: old varnish fluoresces green unevenly. There is scattered, brushy inpainting visible in the background, especially at the center left and along the right edges. There are fine lines of retouching visible over the green varnish to address the craquelure. There is a quarter inch round dot of retouching to the subject's lips.
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Catalogue Note

The present work was formerly in the storied Brooklyn collection of George Ingraham Seney, included in Edward Strahan’s Art Treasures of America

Throughout his prolific and celebrated career Lefebvre had a long association with Americans. He was a professor at the AcadĂ©mie Julian in Paris where several young American artists were among his students. Best known for his finely detailed figure paintings of beautiful women, Lefebvre was an accomplished muralist and William H. Vanderbilt commissioned several from the artist to decorate his impressive New York mansion.