OIL ON PANEL, SIGNED, DEDICATED & DATED JUILLET 1925
16 1/2" X 12 1/2"
Born in Le Havre, France in 1883, the daughter of the French Impressionist painter Victor Viollet-le-Duc it was only natural that she should also pursue an artistic career. Her initial studies were taken under the direction of her father but around 1900 she became a pupil of the Impressionist painter Jules Merckaert who was to prove to be a tremendous influence on her future artistic direction. It was around this time that she met the painter Oswald Poreau who was also to provide her with artistic instruction and become a lifelong friend. By 1910 her career was blossoming and her delicate landscapes were receiving great public and critical acclaim. Much of her inspiration came from her travels in the areas of Liege and Brabant in Belgium but she also made frequent visits to England, often in the company of Oswald Poreau, painting views of the country’s south coast. Yvonne Vonnot-Viollet died in the town of Schaerbeek at the age of fifty-three. Her works can be seen today in a number of Belgian provincial museums.