Female Heads – Portraits of Elizabeth Leseur

Charles Duvent (1867-1940), {Sketches: Faces], drypoint, signed in pencil lower right and inscribed “A Monsieur Leseur in toute sympathie”, in good condition (with margins, slight soiling in margins, brown at margin edge left), 9 3/4 x 13 1/2, the sheet 12 1/4 x 17 3/4 inches.

A fine impression, printed with burr, and with a layer of plate tone, in black ink on a cream wove paper.

Duvent was primarily a painter, although he is known for some prints. Duvent painted a well-known portrait of Elizabeth Leseur (1866-1914), a famed mystic who converted her atheist husband, an eminent doctor, to Catholicism. These sketches are, quite surely, of Elizabeth, perhaps in preparation for the portrait – they resemble her depiction in the painted portrait, and it is of course unlikely that Duvent would have sent sketches of another woman to Monsieur Leseur.

Provenance: Bernard Lecomte, Paris