Jules Alexandre DUVAL-LECAMUS
(Paris, 1814 – Saint-Cloud, 1878)
Oil on canvas
Signed lower right
86 x 68 cm
Exhibition : very probably:
– 1847, Salon of Paris under the number 556
– 1847, Salon of Boulogne/Mer under the number 254
– 1862, Salon of Rouen under the number 336
– 1863, Salon of Lyon under the number 209
Eldest son of Pierre DUVAL-LECAMUS, he was also his pupil and that of P. DELAROCHE and Drölling, with the second prize of Rome in 1838. He exhibited at the Salon of Paris from 1843 to 1867, obtaining a third-class medal in 1843 and second class in 1845.
He was decorated with the cross of the Legion of Honour in 1895.
His considerable production switch easily from religious subjects to genre scenes. He realized decorative paintings for the church of Saint-Cloud.
Our painting is similar to the two compositions currently known by their lithographies First Loves of JJ ROUSSEAU (probably the painting for the Salon of Paris in 1845 under the number 549) or JJ Rousseau writing his Heloise (Salon of Paris in 1846 under the number 593) whose portraits have a real resemblance both in the attitude of the characters and in their physical description.
Museums : Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Mayenne, Nice…