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Alice Lefèvre

Alice Lefèvre

Young Woman Reclining

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Intimate portrait depicting a young woman in profile, dressed in street clothes and reclining on a pillow. It is almost certainly a self-portrait of the artist. Unlike the rest of her works (signed by A. Lefèvre), this portrait dated 1881 is signed only with her name, which suggests that it was not painted for exhibition, but for herself or for private use. Pastel on paper, in very good condition, with oval passe-partout. Gilt frame. Note: this work has no protective glass. 

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. / 24 x 18 in. (sheet); 47 x 37 cm. (view) / 18 ½ x 14 ½ in. (view).
Frame: 66 x 57 cm. / 26 x 22 1/2 in. Gilt wood, very good condition.
Origin: France.

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