An oil on canvas measuring 41X27 cm (without the frame) representing a bouquet of marigolds by Leopold Levy (1882-1966)
Léopold-Levy is the last child of a family of industrialists. Originally from Sélestat in Alsace, his father opted for France in 1870 to escape the German subjection. Amateur of art, he frequented the Hotel Drouot, collects the works of Courbet, Corot and gives his son the taste of painting.
Léopold-Lévy lost his father at the age of 11 and decided to become a painter. He failed the entrance examination at the Beaux-Arts in Paris, frequented the Louvre regularly, admired Cézanne and Renoir. He met the sculptor Charles Despiau and the painter Georges Linaret (who died suddenly in 1905). The group meets to paint and discuss in the garden of Luxembourg. Léopold-Lévy creates cartoons for several magazines, including Rire and Pêle-Mêle.
In 1900, the artist exhibited his paintings for the first time at the Salon des Indépendants, in the barracks of the Cours de la Reine.
In 1914, Léopold-Levy was mobilized. At the end of the War, he left Paris to discover Italy and Provence.
It was in Cassis between 1920 and 1922, that it meets Jean Dufy and Jean Marchand. The following year, Léopold-Lévy was in La Ciotat and frequented Georges Braque and André Derain settled not far from home.
From 1927, he lived between Aix-en-Provence and Paris, which he left in 1936, to direct the painting department of the Beaux-Arts of Istanbul. During these years of teaching, he only exhibited twice, at the Istanbul Academy of Arts and the French Consulate. Back in France in 1949, Léopold-Levy divides his time between Provence and Paris.
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