Hawkins, Louis Welden

Esslingen 1849 - Paris 1910
Biography & List of works

Jeune Femme Adossée à un Arbre

Jeune Femme Adossée à un Arbre

Medium: Oil on canvas

Size: 30 x 42 cm

Signed: Lower right: L W Hawkins

Provenance:

Hannoteaux collection; Anonymous sale, 21 May 1989, La Varenne, Saint Hilaire; Private collection, France; Galerie Katia Granoff; Private collection, France.

Literature:

R. Martin, Odile Aittouares, Emile Othon Friesz, l’oeuvre peint, Tome 1, Paris, 1995, no. 71, reproduced p 71.

Exhibited:

Galerie Katia Granoff, 1989, Paris.

Louis Weldon Hawkins was born in Esslingen, Germany but was raised in England; his mother was an Austrian Baroness, his father an Englishman. Raised in Middlesex, after a brief spell in the Royal Navy Hawkins moved to Paris and registered at the Académie Julian. There he studied under Bouguereau before moving to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. The book Confessions of a young man (1888) by the Irish Writer George Moore chronicle Welden Hawkin’s early life in Paris. He took part in the the artistic colony of Grez-sur-Loing, in Paris’s southern environs, with fellow painter John Lavery. Tranquil landscapes influenced by Millet’s pastorals and burgeoning symbolism mark the artist’s work from this period. At the Académie Julian, Hawkins became a Symbolist, in reaction to Impressionism concentrating on themes of decadence, dandyism and mysticism. Symbolist painting emphasized fantasy and metaphor in its depictions, as Hawkins explores here. The artist would become famous for his fine and dreamy female portraits.Hawkins first exhibited at the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français in 1881 and his tranquil, dreamy pastoral were a success. As he became increasing interested in the works of the symbolist movement, especially Stéphane Mallarmé to whom he dedicated a canvas –La porte fermée in 1896 he showed several of his paintings at the Salon de la Rose+Croix, the nerve centre of the movement.