Jeunes Tunisiens by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (1865-1953). 1896. Pastel. Source: The Studio.. Text and image correction by George P. Landow. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the University of Toronto and the Internet Archive and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]
If M. Levy-Dhurmer paints a native of Morocco, of Italy, or of Holland, he is so impressed with the climatic influences on the nature of the individual that the work becomes enveloped with the characteristics of the country. This is exemplified in the children's heads in his pastel drawing, Jeunes Tunisiens. It is not the colouring of the laughing, mischievous little faces, with their tufts of black, frizzy hair upon their little round heads, that makes them Tunisian, but an indefinable something in the work itself, that leaves no doubt as to the country in which they were born. Aïcha is also a native of Tunis, and her eyes with their brilliant blackness tell their own tale. . — Frances Keyzer (1906)
Keyzer, Frances. “Modern French Pastelists: L. Lévy-Dhurmer.” The Studio. 37 (1906): 3-18. The Studio. 37 (1906): 3-18. Internet Archive digitized from a copy in the University of Toronto Library.
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