• Country of origin: France

  • Medium: Oil on canvas

  • Signed: Signed lower right and titled on original label verso

  • Dated: 1918

  • Condition: Very good condition

  • Size: 29.00" x 39.00" (73.7cm x 99.1cm)

  • Framed Size: 36.00" x 46.00" (91.4cm x 116.8cm)

  • Provenance: Paris - Salon D'Hiver - 1922 (official stamp verso)

  • Literature: A classic example of the work of Leopold Kowalksy who created sublime images of young girls in landscapes , often surrounded by flowers or picking flowers. This example is titled "Floreal" verso and was exhibited at the Paris Winter Salon of 1922 and has their official exhibition cachet on the reverse of the stretcher.

Artwork Biography

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Born 8 December 1856, in Paris; died 13 July 1931, in Cocherel (Eure).

Painter, draughtsman. Portraits, landscapes, landscapes with figures.

Léopold François Kowalsky studied under J. Pillard and Henri Lehmann at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He exhibited regularly in Paris from 1881 at the Salon des Artistes Français. He became a member of the Salon in 1893 and received a commendation in 1890 and a bronze medal in 1891. In 1912 he moved to the Eure region and lived there until his death, together with his wife and daughter, leaving some fine portraits of them.

His landscapes of the Normandy and Brittany countryside often reveal a strong Post-Impressionist inspiration with their qualities of changing light and reflections. Kowalsky was mainly known for setting genre scenes or simply domestic and family scenes in landscapes.