The Russian Emigrés by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer
The Russian Emigrés by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer The Russian Emigrés by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer The Russian Emigrés by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer The Russian Emigrés by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer The Russian Emigrés by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer
The Russian Emigrés by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer

The Russian Emigrés by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer

  • French Symbolist painter Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer composed this poignant portrait
  • The work conveys both empathy and hopefulness as this family sails towards a new future in America
  • Lévy-Dhurmer was one of the leading artists of the Symbolist and Art Nouveau movements
  • This highly personal portrait is a remarkable example of the movement's ethos
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Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer
1865-1953 | French

The Russian Emigrés

Signed "L Levy Dhurmer" (lower left)
Oil on canvas

French painter Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer was one of the leading artists of the Symbolist and Art Nouveau movements at the turn of the century. This compelling portrait of a family of Russian Jewish emigrants bears witness to the artist’s skill for infusing his works with poignant imagery. Being of Jewish heritage himself, Lévy-Dhurmer's The Russian Emigrés represents the painter's personal response to the plight of the many Jews who fled Russian pogroms at the end of the 19th century. Through a brilliant use of color and perspective, Lévy-Dhurmer imbues his composition with equal parts empathy and hopefulness as this family sails towards their new future in America.

Born in French Algeria in 1865, Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer studied drawing and sculpture in Paris as a child and began his artistic career as a decorative painter at a porcelain manufactory in Golfe-Juan. Throughout his long career, Lévy-Dhurmer experimented with different artistic styles and medium, succeeding as a ceramicist, painter, pastelist, and furniture designer. Perhaps his most celebrated work, the famed Wisteria Dining Room, that is now held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a brilliant example of the artist’s remarkable range of skills in various media.

It was his trip to Italy in 1895 that would change the course of his life and interests. It was there that he discovered an interest in German and Florentine Renaissance — resulting in paintings that fit in well alongside those of the English Pre-Raphaelites. That same year, Lévy-Dhurmer officially began his painting career. In 1896, he held his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Georges Petit in Paris, where he appeared for the first time under the name Lévy-Dhurmer, adding to his surname Lévy part of his mother's maiden name, Pauline-Amelie Goldhurmer.

His unique blend of Academic detail with Impressionist color and technique garnered the artist considerable attention. He was drawn to the ideals of the Symbolist movement, which offered an intellectual alternative to the purely visual ideals of the Impressionists. Rather, the subject matter of the Symbolists explored more complex emotional and spiritual ideas - this highly personal portrait is a remarkable example of the movement's ethos.

Circa 1900

Canvas: 36 3/8" high x 29" wide
Frame: 41 5/8" high x 34 1/2" wide

Provenance:
Whitford and Hughes Gallery, London
Private collection, London
M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans, 2012
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Artist: Lévy-Dhurmer, Lucien
Framed:34 1/2"W x 41 5/8"H
Unframed:29"W x 36 3/8"H
Period: 1816-1918
Origin:France
Subject:Genre
Width:34 1/2 Inches
Height:41 5/8 Inches
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