Emile Lévy

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Biography of Emile Lévy

Emile Lévy was a French painter, who examined many different angles of his art. He was as well a portrait painter than a pastellist. He realised some scenes of genre and historical themes too. After been the pupil of François-Edouard Picot and Abel de Pujol at the Fine Art School of Paris, he gained in 1854 the First Prize of Rome, on the same year than his classmates Giacomotti and Maillot.

Inspired by the magic Rome, he stayed at the Villa Médicis from 1855 to 1857. His artworks produced there were all competed in perfection : The Poetry, copy from Raphael, Ruth and Noémie or again Noé cursing Cham.

After his stay in Italy, he came back to France in 1859 and devoted himself to the painting in the respect of the academic tradition, while he was friend with Delaunay, Edgar Degas and Gustave Moreau. Waver between genre and historical painting, Levy belonged, like Félix Clément and William Bouguereau to the neo-classic movement that was developing in the 1850’s and the 1860’s.

Then in 1867, he was awarded with the Legion of Honor and named chevalier of the Leopold Order in Belgium. He also took part in the 1882’s Salon of French Artists and in the 1889’s Universal Exhibition in Paris.

Moreover, Emile Lévy was one of the first artist to give back to the pastel the success he gained from years on the artistic world. From the 1880’s, he sent artworks to the pastellist’s company, of wich he was one of the founder. For pastellist annual Salon, he sent portraits in wich he revealed some very meticulous qualities, and a remarkable talent of drawer.

This feminine nude composition dives the viewer into a decor both intimist, luxuriant and voluptuous. Emile Lévy showed his talent by the precision of his line and by a remarkable work on the formations, the finish of the form and the flesh-tint.

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