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Lot 0018
Original drypoint etching on wove paper , signed by the artist in pencil
Size: Plate size: 380 x 280 mms ;
Note: This is without doubt a portrait of the artists wife Alice Helleu who was charming, refined and graceful. They married in 1886 and she was his favorite model. Alice was very well connected and introduced Paul to High Society where he became known as a portrait artist especially for beautiful women. This etching is especially attractive showing Alice’s writing table cluttered with nice works of art. There is no catalogue raisonee of Helleu’s drypoints many of which, it is known, were made in small quantities as sales progressed.
Edition: Unknown size - probably less than 50.

Condition

In good condition but some staining on the outer margins not visible when mounted - framed

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18: Paul Caesar Helleu - Alice Helleu at her writing ta

Estimate $2,500 - $3,500Feb 8, 2013