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Paul César Helleu

Portrait de Lucette

Auction Closed

May 25, 06:44 PM GMT


60,000 - 80,000 USD

Lot Details


Paul César Helleu


1859 - 1927

Portrait de Lucette

signed Helleu (lower left and lower right)

pastel on linen

sheet: 31⅞ by 25⅜ in.; 81 by 64.5 cm

framed: 38⅜ by 31½ in.; 97.4 by 80 cm

We are grateful to Les Amis de Paul-César Helleu for confirming the authenticity of this work, which appears in their archives as APCH PA-1988.

Madame Luce Poisson, Paris
Private collection (by descent from the above)
Sale: Christie's, London, 14 June 1996, lot 57
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Bergeret-Gourbin and Imhoff, Paul Helleu 1859-1927, Honfleur, Musée Eugène Boudin, Alençon, 1993, p. 53, cat. 82
Helleu made two pastel portraits of a woman identified as Lucette, possibly the work's first owner, Luce Poisson, here in profile wearing a gray cloche. The present work was executed in 1913.