Lévy-Dhurmer, Lucien

Algiers 1865 - Le Vésinet 1953
Biography & List of works

Gondoles à Venise, sous un clair de lune

Gondoles à Venise, sous un clair de lune


Medium: Pastel on paper, mounted on board

Size: 86 x 62 cm

Signed: at the bottom right: L.Lévy-Dhurmer


Private collection, France.

Lucien Levy-Dhurmer first travelled to Venice in 1895, and critics agree that this time in Italy was the determining influence on his artistic career. Yet in the views of Venice he made upon a second trip to La Serenissima in 1912, Levy Dhurmer simplified his dreamy symbolism – developing more abstracted and diffused images in pastel, arguably his favourite medium. Levy-Dhurmer’s particular distinction amoungst the Symbolists was his ability to reconcile exacting draughtsmanship with his own impressionist vision of the world. He explored the emotional and lyrical possibilities of landscape in works such as the one here, all notable for their sense of atmosphere.

Large-scale gallery shows were organised to celebrate Levy-Dhurmer’s career in 1927, and again in 1937; upon the artist’s death in 1952 a retrospective exhibition was organised by the Louvre at the Grand Palais in 1973, Autour de Levy-Dhurmer, to celebrate the acquisition of a group of major pastels which now hang in the Musee D’Orsay.