A FLOWER SMELLING A FLOWER
Oil on canvas: 211 x 141.5 cm / 83 x 55.7 in
Signed and dated '1908' lower right; labels on the reverse
Painter of figures, nudes, portraits and genre scenes; pastellist.
Louis Picard, the older brother of Georges Picard, studied in Paris with Jean léon Gérôme at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He exhibited in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Français from 1882 and won an award in 1887. He received a silver medal and the Legion d’Honneur at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 and a silver medal in 1890 at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, of which he was a member.
Picard often painted women in thoughtful poses against a softly colored, desolate landscape, for example “Young Woman Smelling a Rose” from 1902 and our painting dated 1908, as also explicitly stated in the Bénézit.
Paris 1861 - 1940
Göteborg - Nancy - Paris
E. Bénézit, "Dictionary of Artists", Paris 2006, Vol. 10, p. 1355.