Femme au Grand Chapeau
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Femme au Grand Chapeau

Femme au Grand Chapeau

by Paul Helleu

Etching on Paper, c.1900, signed Helleu to lower right, numbered 48 to lower right margin and with blindstamp of the Cercle Librairie Estampes and the initials HHS to lower right margin. Full Margins

Plate: 22.3" x 13.8"

SKU: M-HELLEU-123001-H Artist: Tag:
Nicole Wolff
Gallery Director

Paul-César Helleu captured the gaiety of the Belle-Epoque with his society portraits of beautiful young women (he rarely depicted anyone else) drawn in large format with sweeping lines. Classifying his work along the lines of “posed portraits”, “portraits seized in a moment”, or “intricate affectionate studies”, he produced formal compositions, family scenes, and nudes, both in outdoor and interior settings. He worked in the newly popular medium of printmaking, eventually adopting drypoint etching as his preferred technique because it has the spontaneity of rapid sketches. Over the course of his career, Helleu created over 1,500 color and black-and-white prints, many in editions of only one or two. He is heralded for capturing the soft fibers of the furs and plumes that adorned his fashionable subjects.