FEU D'ARTIFICE A VENISE
Signed and dated 1917
Pastel and charcoal on paper
35 1/2 by 22 1/2 in. 90.2 by 57.2 cm.
Executed in Venice in 1917.
Levy-Dhurmer's extensive career began as a noted ceramist, exibiting frequently in Paris. An exhibition which included paintings as well as ceramics held at Galerie Georges Petit introduced his talent as a painter. Influenced heavily by the Symbolist movement and artists such as Puvis de Chavannes and Gustave Moreau, Levy-Dhurmer became very interested in the complex relationship between music, emotion and painting. Although his later works predominantly depict landscapes, he never abandoned music and emotion as primary influences. Following the 1896 exhibition, Levy-Dhurmer began exhibiting with a group of artists which included Henri Le Sidaner, whose influence is evident in the present work. Levy-Dhurmer was honored with a posthumous retrospective at the Grand Palais in 1973.