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Paul César HELLEU (Vannes 1859 - Paris 1927)
Portrait Studies, including Ellen Helleu
Pencil and coloured chalks, signed, 9 x 13 in.
Price: £ 8500
Artist biography:
Paul César Helleu was born in Vannes, Brittany, France. His father, who was a customs inspector, died when Helleu was in his teens. Despite opposition from his widowed mother, he then went to Paris and studied at Lycée Chaptal. In 1876, at age 16, he was admitted to the École des Beaux-Arts, beginning academic training in art with Jean-Léon Gérôme. Helleu attended the Second Impressionist Exhibition in the same year, and made his first acquaintances with John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and Claude Monet.