Fine portrait of a Parisienne beauty was executed by famous French painter and draughtsman Franc-Lamy, born Pierre Désiré Eugène Franc Lamy, ( 1855 Clermont-Ferrand - 1919 Paris).
Pierre Désiré Eugène Franc Lamy came from a family of glass painters. He did not take his stage name Franc-Lamy until later. He began his education at the urban drawing school of the 9th arrondissement in Paris and became a pupil of the painter Isidore Pils from 1872, where Norbert Goeneutte and Frédéric Samuel Cordey were among his classmates. From 1873 he studied at the École des beaux-arts. After the death of Pils, he first visited the studio of Henri Lehmann in 1875 and then moved to Jean-Léon Gérôme. Franc-Lamy travelled in the literary circles of Café de la Nouvelle Athènes, where he met poets such as Léon Dierx, Auguste de Villiers de L ´Isle-Adam, Maurice Rollinat and Stéphane Mallarmé. For musician Ernest Cabaner, Franc-Lamy created illustrations for various scores. Cabaner introduced Franc-Lamy to the salon of the Nina de Callias, who was his mistress for some time afterwards. Franc-Lamy had a friendship with Pierre-Auguste Renoir among his fellow painters, to whom he was a model on several occasions. For example, it can be seen in the 1876 painting Bal du moulin de la Galette. Renoir also invited Franc-Lamy to the 3rd Group Exhibition of the Impressionists in 1877.
The early work of Franc-Lamy is influenced by the Impressionist style of painting of Renoir. From 1880 he exhibited regularly in the Salon of the Société des Artistes Français. His motifs were often landscapes, including motifs of his travels to Venice or Bruges. He also combined landscape images with the depiction of female nudes. In addition, he created portraits and genre images. He showed his works at the Paris World exhibitions of 1889 and 1900, where he received awards. He was made a Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1892, followed by an officer in 1914.
Literature: Franc-Lamy. In: Hans Vollmer (ed.): General lexicon of visual artists from antiquity to the present. Founded by Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker. Volume 22: Krügner – Leitch. E. A. Seemann, Leipzig 1928, 279; E. Benezit " Dictionary of painters, sculptors, decorators and etchers"(in French), Paris, 1999.
Inscription: signed lower right.
Technique: oil on canvas, original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 21 1/2" h 25 5/8" (54,5 x 65 cm); framed w 28 1/3" x h 32 1/2" (72 x 82,5 cm).
Condition: very good condition.