Alexandre Claude Louis Lavellay (French, 1862-1927

'A Cythere'

Oil on canvas laid down on board, oval

in an ornate carved wood frame

21.1/4 X 15.3/4in. (54.5 X 40.5cm.) (unframed)

28.1/2 x 25.1/2 x 2in. (in frame)

Condition: Oil on canvas laid down on board, surface dirt and varnish discolouration, in good order , in an ornately carved oval wood frame, cracks and repairs.  Would benefit remounting (at present in a canvas mount which needs tidying up.)

Price: £850

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A STUDENT OF ALEXANDRE CABANEL, THEODORE MAILLOT AND WILLIAM-ADOLPHE BOUGUEREAU, LAVELLAY SHOWED AT THE SALON AROUND THE TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY AND GAINED SEVERAL MEDALS FOR HIS WORK INCLUDING THE PRIX DE ROME IN 1891 FOR JUPITER ET MERCURE RECUS PAR PHILMON ET BAUCIS WHICH NOW HANGS IN THE ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES BEAUX-ARTS DE PARIS. WELL KNOWN FOR HIS PORTRAITS, LAVELLAY UNDERTOOK SEVERAL MURALS, IN PARTICULAR THE EXAMPLE AT THE PAVILION DE FLORE IN THE LOUVRE. 

THIS PAINTING IS THE PREPARATORY WORK FOR THE PICTURE CONSERVED IN THE MUSEE DES BEAUX ARTS IN BORDEAUX WHICH WAS SHOWN AT THE SALON IN 1903.