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Jules-Cyrille Cavé

(1859–1946, Paris)

Cloud Study. Oil on canvas. 18.7 x 27.7 cm.

The Parisian painter Jules-Cyrille Cavé, a pupil of William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury, first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1885. His works reveal his particular fondness for portraits of young girls, genre scenes and floral still lifes, although his artistic oeuvre also includes history paintings and religious and allegorical compositions. The heirs of Cavé, who died in 1946, recently discovered a large number of diverse little studio sketches by the artist consisting for the most part of designs for large academic paintings, landscape studies, seascapes and the present cloud study. Cavé has used light, deft strokes of the brush to capture the shifting pattern of the sunlit clouds in the sky. In its sober simplicity the little sketch evokes a considerable visual appeal.

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