Saturday, March 11, 2006

Lucian Levy-Dhuman (1865-1953)

Symbolism, both in art and in writing has always entranced me, so I'm featuring one of the artist from the Symbolist movement in my blog today.


Art: Portrait of Ms Suzanne S.

The below is from the ArtMagick page about Dhuman. You can click on the link to read more or to explore the ArtMagick site. Once a huge source of traditional and modern art, ArtMagick is only now beginning to rebuild its galleries.

Like most Symbolists, Lévy-Dhurmer enjoyed a great but short-lived reputation...
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Lévy-Dhurmer's women were completely different from the charming society ladies painted by his fashionable contemporary, Helleu. They posed, sphinxlike, and formed groups where the talk was all of art and mysticism, and where they listened, head in hands, hair shadowed by a mauve lamp shade, while a pianist (Debussy, perhaps) played themes from Parsifal. The atmosphere was troubled, dreamy and naïve, and the people who created it were obsessed with anything new, curious about everything which the materialistic 19th century had rejected. They adored Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes and Redon, but these great men could be admired only from a distance. Lévy-Dhurmer, however, was a lot younger and he moved in their circles.

5 comments:

Michael Parker said...

This is beautiful artwork. I love how the leaves dance around her flowing dress, which seems to have the color and substance of clouds.

Pris said...

Hi Michael
I sensed you would like this. Isn't she so graceful?

Michael Parker said...

I love how there is a defiance of gravity in this--her hair, the folds of her dress, and the leaves about her are all in a dance. It's wonderful.

gingerivers said...

I agree, great picture!!

Pris said...

Yes, she's just so playful here...a part of the forest around her.