Oil on canvas, signed and dated 1869 lower right
Édouard d'APVRIL (Grenoble 1843 - Grenoble 1928)
• Lyon Salon, Dec. 1871 - Jan. 1872, No. 17, "girl with butterfly".
"Among these genre paintings that we know of him and have been noticed, we will quote one that was entitled" the girl with the butterfly ".
We quote this one because it highlights in particular one of the graceful, elegant and poetic sides of D'Apvril's talent. The pretty creature who makes the subject of the painting is at this undecided age that unites adolescence with youth. It is the angel again, but under which one can sense the woman. She is scarcely dressed, and her thin shirt, loose and falling, slips half of her shoulder, which remains uncovered. In an attitude full of chaste abandon, the girl is attentive to consider a butterfly which, slightly posed on the embroidery of the top of the shirt, seems attracted by the pearly whiteness of this delicate and pure throat, of this half-veiled shoulder, whose finesse and sweetness have the charm of a spring bouquet. The whole of an exquisite simplicity and grace, forms a striking allegory, and, at the sight of the indiscreet butterfly, it is said that it symbolizes the love, the tender and tender love which is as on the eve of throbbing this virginal heart. We see, the pattern is delicious
and seizes by his naive ingenuity; he exudes an intimate charm impregnated with poetry. Also, the table has achieved a real success. It even earned the painter the homage of a play of verse, in which the poet, interpreting the graceful allegory, sought to compete by a harmonious form with the sweet symbolism of this pretty subject. If among the many works of Edouard d'Apvril, we particularly note this painting is that it gives the characteristic note of his talent at once elegant, distinguished and correct.
Gabriel Monavon, profiles of Dauphinois artists, Edouard d'Apvril, The Illustrated Alps, October 4, 1894.
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