This painting on canvas is by the hand of Léon Herbo, a Belgian painter born in Templeuve in 1850 who died in Brussels in 1907.
Our painting is in perfect condition, still on his original canvas.
Signed and dated lower left 1883 and inscribed Bruxelles.
He won the gold medal of Algiers with this painting in 1881 and the gold medal of Brussels in 1883.
He studied at the Académie des beaux-arts de Tournai and completed his studies at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels from 1869 to 1874. He was ranked first in the preparatory competition for the Prix de Rome; travelling throughout Germany, Italy and France before settling in Brussels.
Our painting is housed in a guilded frame that bears a plaque mentioning the medals he won with this painting.
His first formal exhibit came in 1875, at the Salon van Brussel, and he would continue to hold showings there until the end of the century. The following year, he was one of the co-founders of "L'Essor", a progressive group that rebelled against the conservative teachings of the Academies.
As well as exhibiting in Belgium, he participated in showings in Paris, at the Salon, in Munich and Berlin. He obtained honorable mention at the Exposition Universelle (1889).
He charged a fixed price for his portraits, and guaranteed that they would resemble the subject.
Most of his paintings are in private collections. Some may be seen at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Museum of Painting and Sculpture in Kortrijk, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts Tournai.
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