Oil on panel measuring 73X60 cm (without the carved and gilded Louis XIII style frame) signed lower left Guirand de Scevola.
Lucien-Victor Guirand, known as Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scévola, born in Sète on November 14, 1871, and died in Paris on March 29, 1950, was a French symbolist painter, draftsman and illustrator. Painter of flowers, still lifes, scenes of alcoves and landscapes, Guirand de Scévola also led a brilliant career as a portraitist. A pastellist painter, the silky aspect and the smoothness of his technique are remarkable. His Symbolist-inspired works are particularly esteemed. Lucien-Victor Guirand studied under Fernand Cormon at the School of Fine Arts in Paris, he specialized in pastel. He exhibited regularly in Paris at the Salon of French Artists, then at the Salon of the National Society of Fine Arts, of which he became a partner, then a member, then a member of the committee, and finally president in 1937; He is also a member of the Société des pastellistes de France, of which he becomes the president. In 1903, he designed the decor for the foyer and various panels of the Molière theater in Sète, inaugurated in 1904. A pillar of bohemian life on the Montmartre hill and the Cabaret des Quat'z'Arts, in particular with his friends Charles Léandre , Louis Abel-Truchet, Abel Faivre or Adolphe Léon Willette, Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scévola had his Parisian studio at no. 42 rue Fontaine until 1910. Guirand de Scévola also created the sets for several plays in which his wife and illustrate the tales that she will publish, such as The gallant adventure of King John XV (1928). He was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. He was promoted to Officer of the Legion of Honor by decree of May 26, 1914. Mobilized at the start of the First World War, Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scévola is considered one of the inventors of military camouflage. Guirand de Scévola died on March 29, 1950 at his Parisian home. He was buried on April 1, 1950 in Paris at the Montmartre cemetery. Paris collections, Musée d'Orsay: Portrait of Miss T, Portrait of Madame Aïda Boni; Sète, Molière theatre: decoration of the foyer and panels.