Circe guiding the ships of Ulysses to the realm of the dead?".Oil on panel, signed HRAPIN below.
Henri RAPIN, born in 1873 in Paris, and died in 1939, is a painter of the French school, illustrator, and decorator.
Pupil of Gérome and Grasset, he was close to Bellery-Desfontaines, and went little by little to the decorative arts, designing art nouveau furniture, then from 1910 art deco.
He was artistic director of the trunk maker Moynat from 1905 to 1930, decorative arts, then artistic director at the Manufacture nationale de Sêvres.
He made works for the Besançon cathedral, the 15th century town hall in Paris, the Saint-Martin d'Hénin-Beaumont church, the international exhibition of decorative and industrial modern arts in 1925, and the residence of the Imperial Prince Asaka in Tokyo (completed in 1933) where he designed seven rooms.
This work is to be linked to the symbolist movement, which often represents the sacred, fatal, or magical woman in mysterious or fantastic settings.