"The birth of Venus ", oil on canvas signed below right A. TOULOT 03 ( the 3 being written like a Greek Epsilon). 1903.
Venus is one of the twelve deities of Olympus. Homer gave birth to it from Zeus and Dioné; Hesiod from the foam of the waves, after the sexual organs of Ouranos had fallen there, sliced by Cronos.
TOULOT Jules Alphonse ; genre painter and portrait painter ,born in Champeix on Nov. 11, 1863; French school. A pupil of J.L. Gérome in Paris, he decorated the ceiling of the Clermont-Ferrand Opera House around 1892.
We know a picture of him in his studio, with a female model, around 1890 (private coll. Coillot-Karcz)
Few works by this artist on the art market, except "Elegant with a hat",81x65, sold for 8724 euros at Christie's in London in 2004.