Saturday, December 13, 2014

Idylle d'été by Auguste Levêque

Idylle d'été (1918)

We have decided to stop our eighteenth century theme as it has been running now since August. So it is back to our usual eclectic selection for the next few months.  As an appropriate restful pause after our themed posts we have this superbly post-coital painting by Auguste Levêque.   The couple, totally comfortable in each other's nakedness, recline in an area of hay which has obviously been flattened by their previous passionate activity, and gaze at each other raptly.

Auguste Levêque (1866-1921) was a Belgian painter as well as a sculptor and poet.  He studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts which was founded in 1711.  Although a realist he was also influenced by the symbolist movement but many of his paintings were based on mythological subjects such as Circe and Diana.

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