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Watercolor on paper
13 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
27 1/2 x 23 inches framed
Signed Emile Levy 1874 lower right

Emile Levy was a pupil of François-Édouard Picot and Abel de Pujol. Emile Levy early training was in the studio of Abel de Pujol and Picot where his subject matter mirrored that of his contemporary, William Adolphe Bouguereau. He also studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1854. On his return from Italy, he settled in Paris, and devoted himself to portrait painting. He exhibited in the Salon, receiving a first-class medal in 1878, and the Legion of Honor in 1867. Among the more important of his works are: “Noah Cursing Canaan” (1855); “Supper of the Martyrs” (1859); “Death of Orpheus” (1866), Luxembourg Museum; “Love and Folly” (1874); “Infancy” (1885); “The Elements,” Salon of Ministry of State, Louvre; “Presentation of the Virgin,” Trinity Church, Paris. For comparison purposes of Levy’s construction of the hand, please see the study below which can be found on the internet.

Field drawing
Author / running Emile Levy
Title Two studies of hands holding a small branch, and study of right foot
Period creation / execution 2nd half 19th century
Where held Paris, Louvre Museum Department of Prints and Drawings
Inventory number FR 15929, recto