The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1977
Not on view
Paul-Albert Besnard (1849-1934) was a student of the academic painter Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889), won the prix de Rome in 1874 and was among the founders of the Société Nationale in 1890. Throughout his career his style remained in between academic and impressionistic. During the last thirty years of his life he held important positions in the Académie de France in Rome, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, the Académie française, the Académie de Saint Luc and the Royal Academy. L'Amour is from a series of 12 etchings entitled 'La Femme'. Here, viewed in profile, a woman embraces a man who leans against a door at right. Behind them is a balcony which looks out onto a body of water; a small boat sailis across the water toward the horizon.
Signature: SIgned in graphite, below image, bottom right: 'A Besnard'
Coppier 42; Delteil 48.ii
Louis Godefroy Albert Besnard, vol. 30 of Le peintre-graveur illustré by Loys Delteil. Paris, 1906, cat. no. 48.ii, np.
André-Charles Coppier Les eaux-fortes de Besnard. Paris, 1920, cat. no. 42, p. 34.