Lejeune (Émile)

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Lejeune (Émile)
Ɵ Portrait of Blaise Cendrars. Graphite drawing (26.5 x 23 cm, signed and dated, 1916), ironically titled "Saint Cendrars de Sibérie", framed. Portrait of Blaise Cendrars, "Saint Cendrars de Sibérie", by Émile Lejeune, who in 1916 reproduced La Prose du Transsibérien for the first time, placed just behind Cendrars in the drawing. This is the first known pictorial reproduction of the book (the first photographic reproduction appeared in Montjoie, page 14 of the April-May-June 1914 issue). The book is immediately recognizable on Cendrars' left, just behind him. Swiss-born painter Émile Lejeune (1885-1964) became the owner of a studio on the first floor of 6, rue Huyghens, where that same year he held the Lyre et Palette meetings. Concerts by musicians of the future Groupe des Six were organized there. Presumably initiated and steered by Cendrars, Kisling and Ortiz de Zarate, these meetings were intended to bring together musicians, poets and artists. Lejeune painted two or three portraits of Cendrars at this time. Provenance: Pierre Berès. Exhibition: Blaise Cendrars et Sonia Delaunay - La Prose du Transsibérien, October 26-December 30, 2017, Michalski Foundation for Writing, Montricher, edited by Christine Le Quellec-Cottier and Julien Bogousslavsky, n° 61, page 168).
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