(5.51 inches wide 7.09 inches high)
(11.61 inches framed width 13.58 inches framed height)
Born in 1862 Livens studied at the Antwerp Academy where he formed a friendship with Vincent Van Gogh and painted the earliest known portrait of Vincent which was published in the Flemish periodical Van Nu En Straks in 1893.
Encouraged by Van Gogh, Livens moved to Paris where he studied modern French painting and was particularly impressed by the figures and landscapes of Manet and still life paintings of Ribot. He also admired Whistler’s work for its “elimination of the superfluous”.
The subject of this drawing is probably Livens’ wife Gertrude.
This drawing is sold mounted but unframed.
Back in London he exhibited at the Royal Academy, New English Arts Club and Royal Society of British Artists. He was a member of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, Whistler being it’s first president.
Livens stopped painting in 1930 as a result of illness and died in 1936.
A major exhibition was held by Belgrave Gallery London in 1978.
Robert J. Smith
pencil on paper
Price: GBP 450.00 (Pound Sterling)