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Paul Cesar Helleu - Le chapeau à plume, Melle Liane de Pougy


Original drypoint etching, circa 1910, with red lipstick and black and white otherwise, signed by the artist in pencil, Number 4 beneath signature.

Size: 45 x 66.2 cms (Paper size; 33 x 54 cms (Plate size)

Edition: These etchings were normally not made in set edition numbers but were printed off, “on demand” , by the artist. Today one fries a large number of different types but not large numbers of each. Probably they were made in editions of 100 or less.

Note: Helleu is best known for his portraits of society ladies made during the Edwardian period during the “age of elegance” or “Belle Epoch”. In 1886, Helleu befriended Robert de Montesquiuo, the poet and aesthete. Montesquiuo’s cousin, the Countess Greffukhe, enabled Helleu to expand his career as a portrait artist to elegant women in the highest ranks of Paris society and these portraits provide the basis for his modern reputation. His subjects included the Duchess of Marlborough, Th Marchessa Casati, Belle da Costa Green, Louise Cheruit and Helena Rubinstein. Many of his subjects are not identifiable today. They all, however, share feminine elegance and affluence from a by-gone gilded age.

Liane de Pougy (born Anne-Marie Chassaigne, 2 July 1869 – 26 December 1950), was a Folies Bergere vedet and dancer renowned as one of Paris's most beautiful and notorious courtesans.

Provenance: Collection de Mme G., Sherbrooke, Montreal, Canada