"Hst Laurent Ernest Joseph"Oil on canvas: female portrait, signed lower right. On the back inscription on the frame: "oeurvre Ernest Lawrence, in his garden, made in Bièvres (summer 1920), according to an open-air model;" Ernest Laurent in 1859 in Gentilly - 1929 in Bièvres. A student of Henri Lehmann at the Ecole des Beaus Arts in Paris, Ernest Laurent influenced the Impressionists and became friends with Georges Seurat, Edmond Aman-Jean and Henri Le Sidaner. In 1885, the Annunciation, exhibited at the Salon, was bought by the state, allowing him to make a trip to Italy. From Rome he went to Assisi, where he has a profound mystical experience that a lasting influence on his art. In 1889, he won the Prix de Rome with Christ and the paralytic. From 1896 he painted mainly female portraits, which will be among his favorite themes. In 1900, at a special exhibition at Durand-Ruel, it receives a command of four panels for the amphitheater of the Sorbonne in Paris. He was elected member of the Academy of Fine Arts in 1919. Ernest Laurent was appointed professor at the School of Fine Arts from 1919 to 1929 and member of the National Museums Board. In 1923, he shared with Georges Petit exhibition with Le Sidaner Henri Martin and Heir to the Impressionist technique, he paid special attention to women, which he combines the fragile flowers and mysteries of the inner life. It offers an intimate poetry in the atmosphere which surrounds its models in their daily life, in the lounge, garden. Public collections: Paris, the Louvre: portrait of Georges Seurat, 1883 Paris: Musee d'Orsay: Woman at her Toilet, 1908.