"As a portrait painter he has the gift of grasping the character of the person before him. He is the painter of the mind as well as the flesh. In this respect he reminds me of a passage in the Journal des Goncourt where Edmond de Goncourt tells of the impressions of M. de Montesquieu, after a séance with Whistler. M. Levy-Dhurmer seems also to "pump out some of your individuality - to take the life out of you; he sees through your body into your soul." - Frances Keyzer, excerpt from The Studio, March 1906 Volume 37 Issue 156.
Ah, the mischievous gaze of Mlle. Carlier! Pastel
creates a diaphanous setting for her formidable charm; she seems to throw powdery dust as us, even as she lounges in its haze of enchantment. It would interesting to know what book she is reading!
6. Self-portrait of Lucien Levy-Dhurmer, undated 20th century, Musee du Petit Palais, Paris.