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Lucien Levy-Dhurmer "Two Faithful Hearts" Pastel


This Symbolist pastel by Lucien Levy-Dhumer, is titled "Deux coeurs fideles qui ont souffert sous le joug allemand et esperent la delivrance française," meaning "Two faithful hearts which have suffered under the German yoke and hope for French deliverance." The two women are meant to represent the two lost provinces of Lorraine (left) and Alsace (right). Both French Art Nouveau figures are dressed in the traditional costumes of their respective provinces.


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Item #: YML-19644
Artist: Lucien Levy-Dhumer
Country: France
Circa: 1914-1918
Dimensions: 33" height, 22" width (unframed); 39" height, 28" width (framed) 
Materials: Pastel, Giltwood and gesso frame
Signed: ''Lucien Levy''

The women's headdresses form the Vosges mountains, stark in their opposition against Germany's annexation in World War I. The economy and culture of the Alsace-Lorraine people were centered around farming of the Vosges' alpine pastures. Levy-Dhumer reproduced this pastel as a lithograph, now acquired by a number of important collections including the Imperial War Museum, Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, and the Finnish National Collection.