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Alice Lefèvre – Portrait of a Young Woman - 1881

Alice Lefèvre – Portrait of a Young Woman - 1881

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Intimate portrait representing a young woman in profile. Dressed in simple clothes and propped up on a pillow, the expression on her face denotes a state of drowsiness or fatigue. It is almost certainly a self-portrait of the artist. Unlike the rest of her works (signed by A. Lefèvre), this portrait is signed only with her name, which suggests that it was not painted for exhibition but for herself or for the private sphere. Pastel on paper, with an oval mat. Dated 1881.

Marie Augustine Alice Lefèvre was a painter of pastel portraits and miniatures. She was born in Wasigny (Ardennes) on April 30, 1859. The daughter of a civil servant from the Ministry of Finance, the family later moved to Orléans. She studied art at the Académie des Champs - Elysées and the Académie Julian in Paris, being a pupil of, among others, Louis Boutet de Monvel and Jean-Paul Laurens. She exhibited at the Salon of the Society of French Artists in 1888, 1889 and 1890 and was a drawing teacher.

Alice Lefèvre died in Paris on September 30, 1890 at the age of 31 following a painful surgical operation. She is buried in Orleans Cemetery.

Source: Archives de France.

Artist: Alice Lefèvre (1859-1890)
Signed and dated in the lower right area.
Medium: Pastel on paper.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: 61 x 46 cm. (sheet) 47 x 37 cm. (view) / 24 x 18 in. (sheet) 18 ½ x 14 ½ in. (view).
Frame: 76 x 61 cm. / 30 x 24 in. Gilt wood, very good condition.
Origin: France.
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