Antique portrait painting: French School of the XIXth century oil on canvas painting, attributed to Victor Pierre Ménard (1857-1938).
The canvas is smooth despite a few thicknesses on the model's beard.
This male nude has a great mastery of morphological rendering. Ménard takes care of both the aesthetic aspect the model's character. The technique is academic, precise, and full of details while the approach is more personal, serious, dark, and deep. Ménard connects to the soul of his model and transcribes it to us with his gaze.
About the artist: Victor Pierre Ménard (1857-1938) was born in Nantes in 1857. He trained at the Beaux-Arts in Paris with renowned professors such as Luc-Olivier Merson (1846-1920), Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1834-1912) and Henri-Lucien Doucet (1856-1895). He lived in Paris in the second district where he met and married Charlotte Morel, one of the first women to be admitted to mixed classes of the Beaux-Arts.
Victor Pierre Ménard regularly exhibited his Breton landscapes, portraits and genre scenes at the Salon of French artists from 1894, where he obtained a mention in 1923. He also exhibited at the Salon d'Hiver between 1923 and 1937. He died in Paris in 1938.
- Overall size: 14.9" x 11.4" / 38cm x 29cm.
- Provenance: France.
- Signed: No, attributed to Victor Pierre Ménard (1857-1938).
- Date: XIXth century.
- Condition: The canvas is in good condition despite some old marks, there are some on the model's hair and one in the center of the abdomen.
- Materials: Oil on stretched canvas.
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