CHARLES PICART LE DOUX
OIL ON PANEL, SIGNED
FRANCE, DATED 1949
28 X 33 INCHES
Charles Picart Le
Doux was born in Paris in 1881. He studied at the Académie Julian
and with Gerome at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
He began exhibiting
in 1904 at the Salon d’Automne and at the Salon des Indépendants
beginning in 1906. From 1926 he exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries.
He won a grand prize
at the 1937 International Exhibition in Paris. He decorated the ceilings
of the passenger ship Normandie. Picart Le Doux also designed tapestries
and illustrated many books, including works for Baudelaire and Colette.
He was friends with
Renoir and was influenced by his work. Picart Le Doux’s palette
is sensuous and luminous; his subject matter included nudes, landscapes,
Picart Le Doux is represented in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg; the painting was acquired by the Museum of Modern Western Art in 1928.