Lucien Laurent Gsell (1860-1944)

Artist Name Lucien Laurent Gsell (1860-1944)
Title Odalisque - Woman in a Harem
Description This charming ex Christie's Victorian Orientalist oil painting is by noted French exhibited artist Lucien Laurent Gsell. The painting dates to around 1900 and portrays a beautiful young woman reclining on a couch. The painting is entitled in French - Odalisque. An odalisque was a chambermaid or a female attendant in a Turkish seraglio or harem, particularly the court ladies in the household of the Ottoman sultan. There is wonderful detail in her clothing and the fabrics around her as she gazes down, lost in thought. A lovely painting. Signed lower right.
Provenance Sale, Christie's, London, 19 November 1993, Lot 125.
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 28 x 36 inches
Frame Housed in an ornate gilt frame, 44 inches by 36 inches and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography French painter Lucien Laurent Gsell (1860-1944) was a student of Caspar Gsell (his father) and Cabanel at the School of Fine Arts in Paris. Besides a painter, he was a contributor to the picture story prints of the Imagerie Quantin (a.o. 'L'Enfance de Gargantua'). He was the son of Gaspard Gsell and Caroline Adèle Laurent, daughter of Émile Laurent. He associated his mother's name with his father's name. He exhibited at the Salon of the Society of French Artists in 1880, and participated in the Universal Exhibition of 1889. In 1909, he moved to the National Society of Fine Arts. He was the nephew of Louis Pasteur, and painted various scenes representing the work of the Pasteur Institute. He mixed with Max Jacob, Guillaume Apollinaire, Douanier Rousseau and most Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. He painted both the elegant of good Parisian society, and the popular balls or carnivals. He left paintings of his many travels, describing the Nièvre, the Creuse, the Riviera, the Azores, San Remo, and even Buenos Aires, where General Galliéni had sent him on a mission. He was appointed painter of the Navy in 1911. He became famous for his genre scenes and colourful Impressionist-style landscapes; a great traveller, he painted in many provinces of France and especially the region of Dieppe and the country of Caux, as well as Provence and the Côte d'Azur, where he made views of ports and marines. He has also painted landscapes and scenes from North Africa, Mali, and Argentina.
Price £16000
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