Henry SOMM (Rouen 1844 - Paris 1907)
A Group of Elegant Figures
Watercolour on paper laid down on card.
Signed Hy. Somm at the lower right.
Further inscribed Vendu a Clotilde Delane(?) / Lamy on the old backing board.
151 x 226 mm. (6 x 8 7/8 in.)
Henry Somm is perhaps best known for his depictions of Parisian society. As the scholar Elizabeth Menon has noted, however, ‘The artist has been termed a “petit impressioniste” by art critics and historians. While some of his works – mainly scenes of leisure in the city of Paris – exhibit stylistic qualities that support this designation in a broad sense, careful examination of his drawings reveal that Somm is a transitional figure between Impressionism and Symbolism, whose subject matter is principally concerned with contemporary life in Paris.’