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193
Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer
BEETHOVEN HOLDING A QUILL
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 EUR
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193
Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer
BEETHOVEN HOLDING A QUILL
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer
1865-1953
BEETHOVEN HOLDING A QUILL
Signed lower right L. Lévy Dhurmer ; bears on the back an old label with the date 1922, the number 7717 and the title Evocation de Beethoven ; and an old label from the Musée du Luxembourg with the numbers n°25 ?
Oil on canvas mounted on cradled panel
106,3 x 74 cm ; 41 7/8 by 29 1/8 in.
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Provenance

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer's studio ;
Musée du Petit Palais, then given back to Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer in 1926 in exchange of the pastel Sonate au clair de lune ;
Private collection.

Exhibited

Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1908, n° 734, titled Beethoven, illustrated p. 81 of the illustrated catalogue ;
Probably, Brussels 1927-1928 N° 30

Literature

Francis de Miomandre, Un artiste moderne - Lévy-Dhurmer in "l'Art et les Artistes" Paris, September 1911, reproduced p. 260 ;
Les Annales, 15 mars 1914, illustrated on the cover and p. 234

Catalogue Note

From 1905-1906 Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, an avid music lover, created a series of works that attempted to convey all the emotion that music aroused in him. These musical evocations constitute a rare cycle of exploration into correlations and artistic equivalences between music and painting. Although these transpositions principally concern the work of Beethoven (see the note of the lot 191), they also include other musicians and their works, for example Debussy and Gabriel Fauré.

The present work, featuring Beethoven, expresses all the power and tension of a genius at the moment of creation. The composer, holding a quill pen, is searching within himself for the inspiration. His forehead glows with light while his hair, wreathing his face, blends into the background of vibrant, spiralling paint strokes, shot through with bursts of light, symbolising the brilliant composer's intense creative energy.

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Paris