Pavil concentrated principally on Parisian street scenes, particularly in the Montmartre area, as well as views of the Canal de l'Ourcq and river banks. He also painted many pictures, with the same attention to detail, in Morocco, in the souks and in the port in Rabat. His exposure to the Impressionists meant that he was very sensitive to how light varied according to the time of day, season of the year, or atmospheric conditions. He lived for many years, until his death, in Morocco.
Elie Pavil exhibited in Paris, at the Salon des Artistes Français (from 1905), at the Salon des Indépendants (from 1906), and at the Salon d'Automne (from 1906). In 1928, he received an honourable mention, and in 1930 and 1931 silver medals. He was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.
Museum and Gallery Holdings
Paris (Mus. d'Orsay)
Paris (Mus. du Petit Palais)