Lucien Victor Guirand de Scevola Attributed Figurative Pastel
This very lovely pastel on paper attributed to the respected French artist, Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scevola (1871-1950) depicts a lovely female in the very ethereal style that he is uniquely known for. Signed Guirand de Scavola. On verso are the paper labels of Livingston Galleries of 832 Lexington Avenue in New York, apparently the last framer and seller of the picture, plus an applied label from L. Vivien of Maison Cluzel, at 33 Rue Fontaine in Paris, said to be feature "encadrement, dorure cadres, chene, poirier" (framing, gilding, frames in oak and pear), plus supplies "couleurs fine et articles pour artistes" (fine colors and items for artists). Period frame measures 19 1/4 by 22 7/8 inches and the portion of the drawing visible under glazing meausres 14 9/16 by 18 1/8 inches.
According to Sotheby's, Guirand de Scévola was a student of Fernand Cormon and Pierre Dupuis, and exhibited regularly at the Salon from 1889, becoming a member of the Comité de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. With the Pre-Raphaelites' second wave of popularity in France in the 1890s, he incorporated elements of their subjects and aesthetics into his oeuvre. Starting in 1894, Guirand de Scévola fully embraced Symbolism and focused exclusively on his depictions of radiant, otherworldly muses.
Item bp-496. Item sold as-is. All sales final.