"Femme debout tenant un miroir, 1906"
Schaarbeek 1865-1916 Ukkel
FEMME DEBOUT TENANT UN MIROIR
Pastel and gouache on paper
28,6 x 16,6 cm.
Signed with the monogram upper right and signed and dated lower left 'Lemmen 1906'
Provenance: Jean van Parys, Brussels; Auct. Christie's Amsterdam, 20 September 2011, lot 85.; Private collection, The Netherlands; Auct. Christie's London, 8 February 2013, lot.no. 146 Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Exhibited: Brussels, Musée d'Ixelles, Georges Lemmen, April - July 1997, no. 150 (ill. p. 166).
Literature: R. Cardon, Georges Lemmen, 1865-1916, Monographie générale suivie du Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre gravé, Antwerp, 1990, p. 253 (ill.).
At the beginning of his career, Lemmen was influenced by Degas and Toulouse Lautrec. He particularly depicted subjects from the modern daily life. In 1888, Lemmen became a member of the artist association Les Vingt (Les XX), where he became acquainted with the colour theory of Seurat. He started to paint pointillist and made wonderful portraits. However, Lemmen was too much of a painter to keep working in this style and after 1900 he found a more free style with loose brushstrokes and rich colours.