Portrait de femme au chapeau

Paul Cesar Helleu
Portrait de femme au chapeau
Drypoint
1900

An original hand-signed Paul Cesar Helleu Drypoint.

1900

Original drypoint printed in black ink on heavy wove paper.

Hand-signed in pencil within the platemark lower right Helleu.

A superb impression of the only known state of this rare drypoint printed with rich burr on the hat, hair, eyes and collar.

Perhaps the most famous of all French portraitists of the Belle Époque Helleu was a draftstsman of incomparable elegance.  His studies of the elegant women of Parisian society in the years around the turn of the 19th century worked in drypoint are probably his most renowned works. In the sweeping strokes of the diamond-point, with the touch varied from rich deep drama to the most delicate and subtle of shading, he created a whole world of style.

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