Sunday, 26 February 2012

Lucien Levy-Dhurmer

Lucien Levy-Dhurmer
French painter, pastellist and illustrator.

René Lorrain
French etcher

Recently, observant reader Huib van Marle, pointed me to this colour etching in the files of Neil's Adventures in the Print trade Blog (see "my Bloglist" on the right) and his Idburry Prints. It is a color etching by René Lorrain (b.1873) after a pastel by Lucien Levy-Dhurmer which shows great  similarities with the  St. Jacques print in my first Antwerp School posting. Lucien Levy-Dhurmer is showing 10th century Bruges' Cathedral. 
The unknown printmaker of St. Jacques in Antwerp, with initials A. vd J., still veiled in obscurity. Googling Levy-Dhurmer you'll be astonished by the number and quality of paintings and drawings by this artist. From the great many I'll show you two of my favorite ones here. Neil wrote about the technical aspects of Lorrain's unique printmaking here and you'll find some more examples of his work in his shop.
This portrait above (in the Museé Dorsay) may be hinting at Levy-Dhurmers  admiration for James MacNeill-Whistler (and his mother)
 as well as at Hans Holbein (the younger: 1497-1543):
but would I like to know who modelled for this great heroic and academic yet very delicately rendered torso.

Thank you Huib !

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