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    CHARLES AMABLE LENOIR (French, 1861-1903)
    At the Pool
    Oil on canvas
    42 x 57 inches (106.7 x 144.8 cm)
    Signed lower right: c.a. lenoir

    Private collection, Paris.

    A leading French academic artist often likened to his mentor, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Charles Amable Lenoir promoted an idealized vision of female beauty in his paintings of religious, mythological, allegorical, and genre subjects. As the son of working-class parents from La Rochelle, Lenoir first pursued a teaching vocation in order to save money for art school; in 1883, he finally entered the École des Beaux-Arts and, under Bouguereau's tutelage, won the highly competitive Second Grand Prix de Rome twice, once in 1889 for Jesus et le paralytique, and again in 1890 for Le reniement de Saint Pierre. No doubt, it was Lenoir's mastery of the academic values of accurate drawing and smooth paint surfaces, as well as his emphasis on the female nude that contributed to his rapid ascent at the École. At the Pool bears an elegance and sophistication setting it apart from his images of coy, erotic nudes and saccharine cupids. Here, Lenoir artfully compresses the drinking nude's body into a curved shape, which echoes the iris blossoms beside her.

    Lenoir won numerous awards during his career, including medals at the 1892, 1896, and 1900 Paris Salons, as well as the prestigious Légion d'honneur in 1903. His paintings can be viewed in museums throughout France, notably the Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Rochelle; Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Rochefort; École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; and Musée des Beaux-Arts, Angers.

    More information about CHARLES AMABLE LENOIR, also known as Lenoir, Charles Amable, Charles Amable Lenoir.

    Condition Report*: Light strretcher creases and scattered minor frame abrasions; nott examined under black light; period frame. Framed Dimensions 53 X 68 Inches
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    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
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