Henri Victor Lesur: Henry Victor Lesur was born in Roubaix on April 28, 1863 and received his formal training in the atelier of Francois Flameng - a professor at l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Under his tutelage, Lesur received the academic training he needed and developed a love for highlife genre (costume) subjects.
Throughout the 1880's and 1890's Lesur exhibited a number of paintings at the Paris Salon: among them were Portrait de M.J. Stirling Dyce (1888); Portrait de M.M. Caplain (1890); Portrait de M. Alfred Loreau, Député du Loiret (1892) and Portrait de Mlle. Wanda de Boncza…(1895). It is interesting to note that most of the works he exhibited were portraits, whereas most of the works one sees today feature pretty women and handsome men dressed in 18th century costume conversing in a garden or walking through a market place.
Lesur's highlife genre paintings are filled with light and color. The figures are adorned in clothing made of rich satins and silks, which shimmer and shine as the sunlight illuminates their deep jewel tones. They are often captured in conversation and, whether lovers or just friends, appear to be enjoying their time together. As with many of his contemporary highlife genre artists, Lesur often painted these works on small wood panels, creating a more intimate work and a need for careful examination by the viewer.
Lesur received a third class medal at the Salon in 1887 where he exhibited his work entitled Saint Louis enfant Distribuant des Aumônes and bronze medals at the Exposition Universelles of 1889 and 1900.
Listing of works exhibited at the Paris Salon:
1887 - #1503: Saint Louis enfant Distribuant des Aumônes
1888 - #1634: Portrait de M.J. Stirling Dyce
1889 - #1688: Communiantes
1890 - #1495: Portrait de Mme. De B…
#1496: Portrait de M.M. Caplain
1891 - #1051: Adieux au Rosier
1892 - #1079: Portrait de M. Alfred Loreau, Député du Loiret
#1080: Portrait de M.F. A… en costume du XVI Siècle
1895 - #1192: Portrait de Mlle. Wanda de Boncza; Rôle de Militza "Pour la Couronne"
#1193: Portrait de M. Jacques Fenoux; Rôle de Constantin Brancomir dans "Pour la Couronne"