Édouard CÉLERIER (1865–1913)
A delightful French Impressionist period painting of an elegant woman sketching in a woodland setting. The sitter is possibly the artist’s wife Jeanne Valcher, the poet, playwright and director of the theatre “Mathurins” The painting has a rabbit motif verso which may be a reference to the “Lapin Agile” a haunt of the artistic society of Paris at the turn of the century. Struggling artists including Picasso, Modigliani and Utrillo would meet there to discuss “the meaning of art”
Celerier was a Parisian portrait and genre painter. He was a member of the Society of French Artists and took part in many of their exhibitions. Between 1892 and 1895 he exhibited at the National Salon.
In good order, minor craquelure to the paint surface and slight blooming to the varnish on the right side. Presented in a magnificent frame with carved gadrooned border.
53cm x 36cm (74cm x 57cm framed)
21 x 14 inches (29 x 22 inches framed)