PAUL CESAR HELLEU

PAUL CESAR HELLEU

Helleu "Dame au la Toque"

Helleu "Dame au la Toque"

Paul Cesar Helleu "La Dame au la Toque" Montesquiou XXXVI, c. 1906 Drypoint in colors on pale cream wove paper Signed in black crayon lower left, pencil lower left Plate Size: 21" X 13 1/4" Rich impression with dramatic drypoint burr and tone REF. #1773 $35,000

Helleu " Femme aux Cheveux Roux

Helleu " Femme aux Cheveux Roux

Paul Cesar Helleu "Femme aux Cheveux Roux de Profil" Color drypoint on wove paper, c. 1907 Signed and numbered "36" in pencil, lower right Bearing blind stamp of Stafford Gallery, London Full Margins Image Size: 21 1/2" x 13 1/4" Rich impression with fresh unfaded colors REF. #1039 $28,000

Helleu "Jeune Femme Assise" drawing

Helleu "Jeune Femme Assise" drawing

Paul Cesar Helleu "Jeune Femme Assise" Original drawing in sanguine, white and black chalks on cream wove paper, c. 1910 Signed in pencil, lower right Image Size: 17 1/2" X 11" REF. #1500 $39,500

Helleu "Femme aux Cheveux Roux"

Helleu "Femme aux Cheveux Roux"

Paul Cesar Helleu "Femme aux Cheveux Roux de Profil" Drypoint in colors on wove paper, c. 1907 From a small edition, approximately 50 impressions Bearing blind stamp of Stafford Gallery, London Plate Size: 21 1/2" X 13 1/4" Rich impression with fresh unfaded colors REF. #1770 $9,750

Helleu "Femme du Dos"

Helleu "Femme du Dos"

Paul Cesar Helleu "La Femme du Dos" Drypoint in colors on wove paper, c. 1900 Signed in pencil, lower right Image Size: 15" X 11 5/8" Richly inked strong burr REF. #1016 $6,950

Helleu "Fillette Assise de Profil"

Helleu "Fillette Assise de Profil"

Paul Cesar Helleu "Fillette Assise de Profil a Gauche (Mlle. P)" Drypoint in colors on laid paper, c. 1895 Signed in pencil, lower right Image Size: 16" x 12 3/8" Richly inked strong burr REF. #1017 $6,500

Helleu "Femme Profil"

Helleu "Femme Profil"

Paul Cesar Helleu "La Femme dans le Profil" Drypoint in colors on wove paper, c. 1900 Signed in pencil, lower right Image Size: 15 1/2" X 10 3/4" Richly inked strong burr REF. #1019 $9,500

Helleu "Le Bebe Malade"

Helleu "Le Bebe Malade"

Paul Cesar Helleu "Le Bebe Malade" Drypoint on cream laid Japan paper, c. 1890 Signed, titled and inscribed "tiree a 2" in pencil Image Size: 11 1/8" X 16 1/2" Scarce REF. #1760 $8,500

Helleu "Madame Georges Menier"

Helleu "Madame Georges Menier"

Paul Cesar Helleu "Madame Georges Menier" Montesquiou XXI Drypoint in colors on wove paper, c. 1900 Signed in pencil, lower right Image Size: 22 1/4" x 13 3/4" Richly inked strong burr REF. #1015 $6,500

Helleu "Visages de Femme"

Helleu "Visages de Femme"

Paul Cesar Helleu "Visages de Femme" Drypoint printed on wove paper, c. 1895 Signed in pencil, lower left Inscribed "3", lower right Image Size: 17 5/8" x 12" Richly inked burr REF. #1002 $9,500

Helleu "Madame de Saint-Sauveur"

Helleu "Madame de Saint-Sauveur"

Paul Cesar Helleu "Madame de Saint-Sauveur, de Profil" Drypoint in colors on wove paper, c. 1910 Signed in pencil, lower left Image Size: 21 1/4" x 13 1/4" Richly inked strong burr - scarce. REF. #1031 $11,500

Helle "Femme au Chapeau Noir"

Helle "Femme au Chapeau Noir"

Paul Cesar Helleu "Femme au Chapeau Noir" Drypoint in colors on wove paper, c. 1900 Signed in pencil, lower left Plate Size: 15" X 11" Richly impression with fresh unfaded colors REF. #1012 $8,000

Helleu "Madame Letellier with Scarf"

Helleu "Madame Letellier with Scarf"

Paul Cesar Helleu "Madame Letellier" Montesqiou XXIII Drypoint in colors, c. 1900 Signed in pencil, lower right Printed on wove paper Full wide margins Image size: 20" x 12 5/8" Scarce REF. #1020 $8,500

Helleu "Portrait de Femme"

Helleu "Portrait de Femme"

Paul Cesar Helleu "Portrait de Femme" Drypoint in colors on wove paper, c. 1900 Signed in pencil, lower left Image Size: 15 3/4" X 10 3/4" Richly inked strong burr REF. #1033 $9,500

Helleu "Femme au Grand Chapeau"

Helleu "Femme au Grand Chapeau"

Paul Cesar Helleu "La Femme au Grand Chapeau" Drypoint in colors, c. 1900 Signed in pencil, lower left Image Size: 20 5/8" X 12" Richly inked strong burr REF. #1014 $9,500

Helleu "La Jariche Volante"

Helleu "La Jariche Volante"

Paul Cesar Helleu "La Jariche Volante" Drypoint printed on wove paper Signed in pencil, lower left Title inscribed in pencil, lower center Inscribed " tire a 10" Image Size: 13" x 10" Richly inked strong burr in hair REF. #1001 $6,750

Helleu "Femme au Chapeau"

Helleu "Femme au Chapeau"

Paul Cesar Helleu "Femme au Chapeau" Drypoint in black, c. 1900 Signed and inscribed "unique epreuve" in pencil, lower margin Image Size: 15 1/2" X 10 3/4" Wide margins Richly inked strong burr Rare REF. #1813 $9,850

Helleu "Femme Parisienne"

Helleu "Femme Parisienne"

Paul Cesar Helleu "Portrait d'une Femme Parisienne" Drypoint in colors on wove paper, c. 1900 Signed in pencil, lower right Image Size: 27 1/2" X 19" Richly inked strong burr REF. #2007 $8,500

Helleu "Madame Letellier"

Helleu "Madame Letellier"

Paul Cesar Helleu "Madame Letellier" Drypoint in colors on wove paper, c. 1905 Signed in pencil, lower right From edition of approximately 100 signed impressions Plate Size: 20" X 12 5/8" Richly inked strong burr, scare REF. #2006 $12,500

Helleu "Le Visage Encadre"

Helleu "Le Visage Encadre"

Paul Cesar Helleu "Le Visage Encadre" Montesquiou XLII, c. 1900 Drypoint in colors on velin paper Signed in pencil, lower left Plate Size: 16" X 11" Rich impression with dramatic drypoint burr and tone REF. #1007 $14,500

No other artist epitomizes the whole atmosphere of elegance and hedonistic pleasure which pervaded Paris society at the first decade of the century as does Helleu.  A cost friend of Proust and the inspiration for one of the century as does Helleu.  A cost friend of Proust and the inspiration for one of the principle characters in La Recherche du Temps Perdu.  Helleu's whole life style echoed the incomparable elegance and flow of his drawing, the sheer style of his art, and his eye for the poses of the beautiful women who were his friends and his patrons.

During the 1870's, Helleu had come to know the painters of Impressionism and also artists Sargent and Whistler who became his special friends and inspiration.  By the early 1880's, he had already developed the quality of expressive sweeping line, which is the essence of his drawing, but in 1885he was encouraged by Tissot to try working on prints in drypoint.  At this time, Tissot had decided, after the death of his lower and model Kathleen Newton, to travel to the Holy Land on an artistic pilgrimage.  Having decided he would no longer engrave, he have Helleu his diamond stylus... a literal and figurative "passing of the baton".  It was in the incision and texture of drypoint that his art was to reach one of its greatest peaks.  He had an innate feel for the balance between a light curving stroke and the deeply cut highly tonal burr of the strongest drypoint.  Around the ten of the century he started to combine drypoint with multi-inking in colors, the areas of color restricted to such touches as the bows on the hats, the hair color or the red of the lips.  The plate was drawn at a single sitting, and then the color inks were brushed onto it. 

The results are some of the most splendid and decorative of all Belle Epoque prints.

French painter and engraver, Paul-Cesar Helleu was born in Vannes on December 17, 1859.  After working with ceramics and engraving, Helleu decided to study painting. He began his training with Jean-Leon Gerome at the National School of Fine Arts.

Helleu's first subjects were old churches, gothic naves, and stained glass windows. He later painted landscapes and scenes of Versailles. Yet it was his early 20th Century views of Parisian society that established Helleu's reputation.

His worldly effigies, female silhouettes, and sportive scenes of the elegant class, are among the most precise images of the "belle époque." His refined style is evident in his etchings and drypoints, as well as his canvases.

Helleu was a member of the National Society of Fine Arts beginning in 1893. He was also an honorary member of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters, and Engravers in London; and after 1904, he was decorated for the Legion of Honor.

Helleu's works are part of collections of the Boston Museum, the Louvre, and the Luxembourg Museum.

Paul-Cesar Helleu died in Paris on March 23, 1927. 

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