Georges Lemmen (1865-1916)
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Georges Lemmen (1865-1916)

Endormie or La sieste

Georges Lemmen (1865-1916)
Endormie or La sieste
oil on canvas
28 7/8 x 35¼ in. (73.2 x 89.5 cm.)
Painted circa 1906
Mme Georges Lemmen (inv. 61); sale, Galerie Georges Giroux, Brussels, 14 November 1927, lot 135 (illustrated pl. 33).
Anonymous sale, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 26-29 October 1976, lot 555.
Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 20 October 1988, lot 117.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
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Lot Essay

In 1906, Galerie Druet staged Lemmen's first solo exhibition in Paris as the artist's intimiste style, very much in the tradition of Vuillard, was beginning to enjoy increasing popularity. The handlist for that show records a work entitled Endormie as having been exhibited and it seems likely that the present work was that picture. However, the existence of another picture similar to the present work, which was exhibited at the Musée d'Ixelles in 1997, means that we cannot be certain of the 1906 picture.

The present work represents Lemmen's wife. The artists's family was a recurring motif in his career, particularly as the intimiste idiom Lemmen favoured leant itself to the depiction of modest, undemonstrative family gatherings. Endormie or La sieste, with its languorous subject and richly coloured setting, embodies both the subtleties and strengths of Lemmen's art.

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