Lucien LEVY-DHURMER (Alger 1865 - Vésinet 1953)

Portrait of Naile Hanim, Mme. Hamdy Bey Sold

Pastel and charcoal on paper.
Signed, dated and dedicated a Madame / Hamdy Bey / Pour reconnaissance / L. Lévy Dhurmer / 1901 at the lower right.
425 x 325 mm. (16 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.)

ACQUIRED BY THE DAHESH MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK.

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Dated 1901 and dedicated to the sitter, this pastel is a tender portrait of Marie Palyart (1863-1943), the French-born second wife of the Ottoman painter, archaeologist and administrator Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910), who called her ‘Naile’. The couple had four children, and ‘Naile Hanim’ posed for several of Hamdi Bey’s paintings, including a 1910 portrait recently acquired by the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul. Another, earlier portrait of ‘Naile Hanim’ by Hamdi Bey is in the collection of the Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture.

Provenance:
Presented by the artist in 1901 to Osman Hamdi Bey and Mme. Hamdi Bey (‘Naile Hanim’), Constantinople
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 24 March 1923, lot 451 [catalogue untraced]
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 16 March 1983, lot 309
Dr. Gustav Rau, Stuttgart
Bequeathed to UNICEF Germany in 2001.

Lucien LEVY-DHURMER

Portrait of Naile Hanim, Mme. Hamdy Bey

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