"Jeune Fille" is an original drypoint etching on paper by Paul Cesar Helleu, French, 1859 - 1927, in fine condition with evidence of age toning. This drypoint etching's plate dimension is 12" x 19", and signed lower left in pencil: "Helleu" and "10" lower right. The overall dimensions of the framed work are approx. 23" x 18". Paul Helleu was an French painter and etcher who worked primarily in France in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
"Jeune Fille" is an outstanding example of Helleu's ability to capture the striking likeness of a young French girl with flowing hair. Please note the title: "Jeune Fille" may or may not be the correct title of this print as it bears this inscription on the reverse. However, "Jeune Fille" translates as "Young Girl" thus the title is appropriate for the work.
Also please note the print has been properly conserved and framed with acid free materials and TruGard Glass which offers U/V light blocking protection.
Below is Paul Cesar Helleu's biography from Newman Galleries as listed on Askart:
"French painter and engraver, Paul-Cesar Helleu was born in Vannes on December 17, 1859. After working with ceramics and engraving, Helleu decided to study painting. He began his training with Jean-Leon Gerome at the National School of Fine Arts.
Helleu’s first subjects were old churches, gothic naves, and stained glass windows. He later painted landscapes and scenes of Versailles. Yet it was his early 20th Century views of Parisian society that established Helleu’s reputation.
His worldly effigies, female silhouettes, and sportive scenes of the elegant class, are among the most precise images of the “belle époque.” His refined style is evident in his etchings and drypoints, as well as his canvases.
Helleu was a member of the National Society of Fine Arts beginning in 1893. He was also an honorary member of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters, and Engravers in London; and after 1904, he was decorated for the Legion of Honor.
Helleu’s works are part of collections of the Boston Museum, the Louvre, and the Luxembourg Museum.
Paul-Cesar Helleu died in Paris on March 23, 1927."
Paul Helleu is listed in Benezit, and Mallett's Index of Artists.
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Paul Helleu 1859-1927 "Jeune Fille" drypoint etching