Lot 2

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JULES ADRIEN FLOUR (French 1864-1921)
Innocence -1896
Oil on canvas
Inscribed upper right, signed and dated
18.25 inches x 14.25 inches (46.5 x 36 cm), unframed
Estimate:  $1,000 - 1,500   € 880 - 1,320
Price Realized: $1,375.00

Flour was a noted painter born in the city of Avignon in Provence. As a teenager he worked as an apprentice in a local stained glass window firm where his early talents were first discovered. At great sacrifice his parents arranged for him to study under the noted Parisian painting master Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904). It was this connection which helped launch Flour’s early career as an accomplished portrait painter where he debuted his work in 1887 at the Salon des Artistes Français. In 1906 he returned to Avignon where he joined the School of Fine Arts as an instructor in drawing and painting of first year students. By 1912 his reputation as a painter and instructor resulted in him working primarily with students in the advanced classes. In 1912, a group of thirteen instructors at the academy, decided to leave the Society of Friends of the Arts, headed by Charles Formentin due to his decision to select only certain works by certain artists to be exhibited. Thereafter they became known as the Group of Thirteen.

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