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Artwork information

Category

Painting

Technique

Oil on canvas

Date

1899

Dimensions

128 cm x 95 cm

Signature

Signed and dated

Proof(s) of authenticity

Signed and dated "Louis Ridel 1899"

State of conservation

Very good

Framing

Yes

Location

Paris, France

Description

This portrait of a pensive woman in this warm interior is undoubtedly one of the major works of the French symbolist Louis Marie Joseph Ridel. This painting is an intimate part of his artistic production. The artist painted this canvas with accuracy and virtuosity. A very soft light emanates from it, he has taken care of every detail, in particular to represent the green dress and its drapes as well as the orange flowers on the left.
The contrast caused by the marriage between the colours of the background and the colours of the dress and the armchair brings magic to this large format work. This relationship between the colours imagined by the artist, brings a spectacular presence to this pensive woman.

Provenance

French private collection

Bibliography

E. Bénézit, "Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs", Paris 1999, Vol. 11, p. 684.


Louis Ridel

Painter
Sculptor
FranceBorn in : 1866

Born in Vannes in 1866, Louis Marie Joseph Ridel trained in Paris with Gustave Moreau, Alfred de Richemont and Elie Delaunay as his masters. This symbolist painter became friends with Edmond Aman-Jean, Edgar Maxence and Albert Besnard. He mainly produced portraits of women on canvas, painted views of his native Brittany, wall panels, engravings and medals. 

He was a member in Paris of the Salon des Artistes Français from 1901, he also exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries. His works have appeared in exhibitions in Berlin, Ghent, Cairo, Venice, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam, Tokyo, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. 

Louis Ridel was decorated many times: in 1896 he was awarded an honourable mention at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris, in 1898 a third class medal, in 1900 a second class medal, and in 1909 he was made "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur". During his lifetime, the artist received numerous official commissions for wall panels; for the Senate, the French Ministry of Public Works and the City Hall of the 12th arrondissement of Paris. 

In 1937, the artist died in Paris at the age of 71. 

The artist's works are present in the French museums of Nantes, Strasbourg, Pont-Aven but also internationally in Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

Louis Ridel

FranceBorn in : 1866
Painter
Sculptor

Born in Vannes in 1866, Louis Marie Joseph Ridel trained in Paris with Gustave Moreau, Alfred de Richemont and Elie Delaunay as his masters. This symbolist painter became friends with Edmond Aman-Jean, Edgar Maxence and Albert Besnard. He mainly produced portraits of women on canvas, painted views of his native Brittany, wall panels, engravings and medals. 

He was a member in Paris of the Salon des Artistes Français from 1901, he also exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries. His works have appeared in exhibitions in Berlin, Ghent, Cairo, Venice, Düsseldorf, Amsterdam, Tokyo, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. 

Louis Ridel was decorated many times: in 1896 he was awarded an honourable mention at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris, in 1898 a third class medal, in 1900 a second class medal, and in 1909 he was made "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur". During his lifetime, the artist received numerous official commissions for wall panels; for the Senate, the French Ministry of Public Works and the City Hall of the 12th arrondissement of Paris. 

In 1937, the artist died in Paris at the age of 71. 

The artist's works are present in the French museums of Nantes, Strasbourg, Pont-Aven but also internationally in Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.