Lily Arena Assise by Edgar Chahine

Lily Arena Assise by Edgar Chahine

Lily Arena Assise

Edgar Chahine

Title

Lily Arena Assise

 
Artist

Edgar Chahine

  1874 - 1947
Year
1907  
Technique
drypoint 
Image Size
21 1/2 x 17 1/4" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower left 
Edition Size
edition of 50, aside from an edition of 40 on various papers. 
Annotations
 
Reference
Taganelli 242; Sites 56, illustrated pg. 92. 
Paper
antique-white Japon Nacre 
State
i/i 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22658 
Price
$1,600.00 
Description

This drypoint is one of the artist's most well known and charming images. The subject, Lily Arena, seated in full costume with her legs crossed, looks the viewer in the eye with a self assured, beguling expression on her face. She is a symbol of self confidence.

Returning to "Belle Epoque" portraiture in 1907 after the death of his fiance, Mary Jacobson, Chahine, like Toulouse-Lautrec, turned his focus to Parisian entertainers, like Lily Arena.

Gabriel Weisberg, in his essay in "Edgar Chahine: La Vie Parisienne" notes on page 23:

"With Lautrec often the guuiding presence, Chahine also tried to synthesize the work of Paul Helleu and thus remain the master interpreter of women among Parisian printmakers..."