Woman at the Piano, by Charles Alexandre Picart-Ledoux (1881-1959). Oil on Canvas.

Charles Alexandre Picart-Ledoux (France, 20th Century)

Woman at the Piano, by Charles Alexandre Picart-Ledoux (1881-1959). Oil on Canvas.
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Woman at the Piano, by Charles Alexandre Picart-Ledoux (1881-1959). Oil on Canvas.

The lyricism of this work derives not only from its intimate subject matter, but from the curvilinear movement of the brushstrokes which heighten the dramatic intensity of this interior scene. As her fingers brush over the surface of the keys, the pianist appears to be physically and emotionally in tune with her instrument, completely abandoning herself to the inner world of the music. The canvas is very thick (the artist most probably a piece of burlap), adding texture to the composition. Signed upper left. Framed in a gold gilt carved French frame.

FRAMED: HEIGHT: 25 in | WIDTH: 20 in
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 18 in | WIDTH: 13 in

Origin France
Category Oils
Period 20th Century
Style Unspecified

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"Picart Ledoux was artistically trained at the Julian Academy in Paris and then at the Ecole des Beaux Arts with the distinguished Orientalist painter, Gerome. His friendship with Renoir however, tore him away from his academic training and imbued his paintings with the colors and light of Impressionism. His stay in Tunis in 1914 inspired him to adopt a more luminous palette, and his use of bold brushstrokes of thickly impastoed pigment heightened the sensuality of his work. He received the coveted Grande Medaille de l’Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1937, and was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 1950.
Picart Ledoux had numerous one man shows, executed decorative murals for the oceanliner Normandie, and illustrated literary books by Baudelaire, Verlaine and Colette.
Musee d'Art Moderne de Paris, France
Musee du Petit Palais, Paris, France
Musees de Nice, Le Havre, Bagnols-sur-Creze, Aix en Provence, France
Museum of Algiers, Algeria
Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peinture 1820-1920, Gerald Schurr