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Georges Lemmen

(1865–1916, Bruxelles)

Girl Sitting with Doll. Lithograph in brown ink on Japan paper. 35 x 33.3 cm. 1900. Cardon 26.

As is almost always the case with George Lemmen’s prints, there are only a few impressions of this large, sensitively observed portrait. The lithograph was shown at the eighth exhibition of La Libre Esthétique, a progressive association of artists, held in Brussels in 1901. Lemmen later used the same subject again for the oil painting Sept têtes de fillettes (1906). The slightly dreamy, introverted young girl is shown sitting in half-length figure in front of a decorative floral background. The soft, subtle linework is fully appropriate to the subject matter and suggests an atmosphere of domestic intimacy. The emphasis on the decorative surface patterns betrays the influence of the French artists of the Nabis group such as Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard. A superb impression with margins. Slight foxing and creasing, otherwise in excellent condition.

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