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French painter and engraver, Paul-Cesar Helleu was born in Vannes on
December 17, 1859. After working with ceramics and engraving,
Helleu decided to study painting. He began his training with Jean-Leon
Gerome at the National School of Fine Arts.
subjects were old churches, gothic naves, and stained glass windows. He
later painted landscapes and scenes of Versailles. Yet it was his early
20th Century views of Parisian society that established Helleu’s
His worldly effigies, female silhouettes, and
sportive scenes of the elegant class, are among the most precise images
of the “belle époque.” His refined style is evident in his etchings and
drypoints, as well as his canvases.
Helleu was a member of the
National Society of Fine Arts beginning in 1893. He was also an
honorary member of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters,
and Engravers in London; and after 1904, he was decorated for the
Legion of Honor.
Helleu’s works are part of collections of the Boston Museum, the Louvre, and the Luxembourg Museum.
Paul-Cesar Helleu died in Paris on March 23, 1927.
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