"Leon Cauvain - Young Roman - 19th Century"Oil on panel by Léon CAUVAIN. Painted in Rome in 1884 when he was a boarder between 1883 and 1887, from Atelier WICAR Signed down on the right and located at Roma - 1884 Framed panel .
What is Atelier WICAR? In 1800, J B Wicar settled permanently in Italy and, from 1809, in Rome. When he died in 1834, he bequeathed to the Société des Sciences, de l'Agriculture et des Arts de Lille and to the city of Lille a very large collection of drawings, now kept at the city's Palace of Fine Arts. , and the workshop he had built in 1825, via del Vantaggio, near Piazza del Popolo, which he intended to accommodate two or three scholarship recipients chosen by the City of Lille for four years . This project is backed by a foundation, the pie Wicar work, endowed with the proceeds from the auction of his collection of paintings and other movable and immovable property, the management of which, like that of the building in Via del Vantaggio, is entrusted to a religious congregation, the Pious French Establishments in Rome. The place of residence includes a glass workshop, an office and a bedroom. The legacy was received by the Lille institutions in 1837. However, Wicar had also granted a right of occupation to some friends and the workshop was not actually made available to accommodate residents until 25 years later, in 1862. Applicants must be born in Lille and be under the age of 31 at the time of the competition, in three specialties: painting, sculpture and architecture. The laureates benefit from an annual scholarship paid by the foundation for four years, supplemented by the city of Lille which also covers the road costs.