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Le repos du modéle
Pastel on canvas: 52 x 64 cm
Framed size: 66 x 78 cm
Signed

by Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scévola (1871-1950)

 

Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scévola (1871-1950) was born in 1871 in Sète, France. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris under the artists Fernand Cormon and Pierre Dupuis.

Early in his career he became an esteemed exponent of the Symbolist movement – at that time specialising in ephemeral, romantic portraits, always in the medium of pastel. Similarly during this period he was also inspired by the Fête champêtre conveying mystery and romance.

De Scévola exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français and was also a member of the Société des Pastellistes Français and the Comité de la Société des Beaux- Arts de Paris where he exhibited many of his paintings at their annual Salon.

During the First World War he became the pioneering leader of the Section de Camouflage – the French Camouflage Department. Serving as a second class gunner he experimentally camouflaged a gun emplacement with a painted screen and by the end of 1915 De Scévola became the commander of the  French Camouflage  Corps, employing cubist artists such as André Mare. By 1917 De Scévola’s team had grown to 3,000 employing artists such as Jacques Villon, André Dunoyer de Segonzac, Charles Camoin, Louis Abel-Truchet and Charles Dufresne.

His work in pastel is remarkable for the smooth, silky, velvety finish he achieves. His work after World War I evolved to include flower still lifes, nudes and landscapes in a style somewhat influenced by Art Deco.

De Scévola was made an Officer of the Légion d’honneur in 1914. He died in Paris in 1950.

Works:

  • Le Château de Versailles (exposé au Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts de 1920)
  • Portrait du Marquis de Massa (exposé au Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts de 1908)
  • Portrait de Mlle W. (exposé au Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts de 1909)
  • Cour d’honneur (exposé au Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts de 1909)
  • Portrait de Mlle Tiane (exposé au Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts de 1911)
  • Portrait de M. Pierre Lafitte (exposé au Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts de 1912)
  • Aïda Boni, de l’Opéra (exposé au Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts de 1913)

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Stock number

5180

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