Maurice Jean Lefebvre, Portrait Of A Lady

Maurice Jean Lefebvre, Portrait Of A Lady

An early 20th-century oil on wood depicting a lady wearing a stone-coloured dress with a decorative collar and vest.

It’s an unusual portrayal, particularly given the lady’s firm gaze and stoic expression. She looks directly towards us with eyes that could indicate a hidden depth or mystery.

The artist, Maurice Jean Lefebvre (1873-1954), often chose to paint strong female figures and always tried to communicate a heightened sense of the subject’s character.

Throughout his career, his style adapted to suit the current trends, but he generally retained a deeper level of expression. For example, during the 1910s, he dabbled with a movement known as Fauvism, where colours were exaggerated to bring further meaning to a subject. Whereas during the 1920s, he adopted a softer, more impressionistic, approach that could be compared to a late Renoir.

Lefebvre was born in Belgium in 1873 and his works are held in private and public collections within Europe and beyond.

The painting is housed within a beautiful reeded giltwood frame with a highly decorative floral inner border.

Signed and dated in the upper right.

Oil on wood
Size including frame
34” x 28⅓” / 86cm x 72cm
Year of creation
Artwork in excellent condition and frame with minor losses.
Artist’s auction highlight
£4,082 achieved at Horta, Belgium, in 1999 for ‘Fête Persane à Versailles’.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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