Charles-Louis-Lucien Mller
Paris 1815-1892 Paris
A Seated Female Nude, holding onto an Urn

PROVENANCE: Henry Strachey.

Private Collection, England.

Red and black chalk heightened with white, on light blue paper, watermark MICHALLET and initials

618 x 463 mm. (24 3/8 x 18 in.)


Mller was a student of Baron Gros and Lon Cogniet. He exhibited regularly at the Salon and was bestowed with numerous honours. He worked on four important paintings for the ceilings in the Muse du Louvre, representing the periods of art in France under Saint Louis, Francois Premier, Louis XIV and under Napoleon 1.

This type of figure was used in the fresco in the Salle Denon, Muse du Louvre, which Muller worked on between 1864-18651.

1.M. Nancy Devenport, Bulletin de la Socit de lhistoire de lart franais, 1986, Charles-Louis Mller et ses decorations peintures du Louvre, pp.145-160.