If something about this painting seems familiar, it is for good reason! Dating from the 1910s, it is a work by Lucien Boulier (1882-1963), who was effectively Renoir's last student. Might the Master have helped a little?!
Boulier had studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he won a first prize medal before withdrawing to study on his own at the Louvre. He was particularly attracted to the work of the Impressionists, especially the work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, with whom he went on to study privately. Boulier's work was shown in a number of exhibitions during the 1920s, most notably at Galerie Charpentier in Paris in 1923; and at Wildenstein Gallery in New York in 1924.
The delightful statuesque bather presented here is an oil on canvas relined measuring 22 x 27 cm. It bears the Lucien Bulier estate sale stamp at the lower right, and hence comes directly from the artist's studio. Boulier's studio was dispersed in 1963.
The overall size including an attractive frame is 35 x 40 cm.
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