21 November 2007,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 22,100
Louis Welden Hawkins (1849-1910)
signed 'LOUIS.WELDEN.HAWKINS' (lower right)
pencil and coloured chalks, on paper laid down on canvas
37 x 24½ in. (94 x 62.2 cm.)
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Louis Welden Hawkins grew up in Middlesex, the son of a German Baroness and a British Naval Officer. He moved to Paris at a young age where he lived until his death. Hawkins studied at the Atelier Julien and we can assume that as a young painter in Paris he would have witnessed the enormous popularity in France of Pre-Raphaelite painting. Fame came early when in 1881 he was awarded a third class medal for Les
Orphelins. In later years his style changed, moving away from the
traditional realism derived from the teachings of Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884) and the artists' colony at Grez-sur-Loing to painting nude and female figures in the symbolist style.
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Seymour Stein; Sotheby's, New York, 11 December 2003, lot 171.