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Paul César Helleu

Portrait de Lucette au chapeau

Auction Closed

May 25, 06:44 PM GMT


50,000 - 70,000 USD

Lot Details


Paul César Helleu


1859 - 1927

Portrait de Lucette au chapeau

signed and dedicated madame/ à Lucette....Helleu (lower left)

colored chalks on canvas

canvas: 32 by 25⅝ in.; 81 by 65 cm

framed: 38¾ by 31½ in.; 98.5 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-1505

Madame Luce Poisson, Paris
Private collection (by descent from the above)
Sale: Poulain le Fur, Paris, 2 March 1993, lot 157
Sale: Christie's, London, 14 June 1996, lot 59
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
La Gazette, 19 February 1993, no. 8.
Bergeret-Gourbin and Imhoff, Paul Helleu 1859-1927, Honfleur, Musée Eugène Boudin, Alençon 1993, p. 52, cat. 83.
La gazette de l'hôtel Drouot, 18 November 1994, no. 41.
Helleu made two pastel portraits of a woman identified as Lucette, possibly the work's first owner, Luce Poisson, wearing a gray cloche and seen here from the front.