Frédéric Louis LEVÉ
Frédéric Louis Levé (1877-1968) was a French painter and printmaker. He was an extremely talented artist, exploring a wide variety of subject matters ranging from portraits, to cityscapes, to peasant life in the country. His broad brushstrokes and strong shadows tip their hat to realism, but also suggest exposure to some of the more abstract artistic movements, such as Cubism and Fauvism. Iconic images of Notre-Dame, European canals and markets are found within Levé’s raisonné, but there is something extra in each of them. Each seems to carry an extra dimension that is hard to place but adds to their overall impression. Leve’s portraits have similar qualities, while also embracing a classical or Orientalist flair. With classic physical ratios of the body of face, Levé’s female portraits elevate the subject and create a serene and intimate encounter for the viewer.