(formally know as
the bearded man)
28 x 21 cm
From: Vincent Lebel
le b el.vin email@example.com
Date: Mar 11, 2006
I am the
grand-grand son of Edmond Lebel (1834-1908), a french painter
friend of Carolus-Duran during their stay in Rome (1860-1863) at the
famous Villa Medicis.
The portrait called: "Tete the bearded man
1862" is actually a portrait of Edmond Lebel, as I agree
with Musée d'Osay in Paris, where this painting is held.
I would be
pleased to give you more details on this "band" of french
artists in Rome called the "Caldarrosti"...
On the 26th of December 1860, seven young French artists left
Paris for Rome: Some of them have won the the famous “Prix de Rome” and
were appointed resident in Villa Medicis, some other wanted to feed
their inspiration from “exotic” scenes and landscapes.
Edmond Lebel was part of this voyage, as his friends Jules Lefebvre and
Léon Bonnat, also visiting Léon Gogniet’studio in Paris.
Most of theses artists stayed in Rome 2 or 3 years, and after their
return to France, decided to celebrate each year on the 26th of
December their departure to Rome!
Many famous artists, hosted in Ville Médicis in the years
1860-1863, joined later the team proclamed “CALDARROSTI” (in italian:
hot and fries, like chicken in Roman restaurants):
(1793-1880) , their teacher
Paul Emile Sautai
A huge correspondance is kept showing how tight it was between these
artists troughout their carreer, on top, a small book was printed with
photos of the artists (business card format) as well
as material for invitations (decorated “bristols” i.e. invitation card
Also can be noticed that a usual practice, as a rule for the Villa
Médicis residents, was to paint portraits of their colleagues:
For instance, Edmond Lebel was depicted by Carolus-Duran
(Musée d’Orsay), by Léon Bonnat (Musée de
Picardie, Amiens), Jules Lefèbvre (drawing owned by the
grand-son of the artist : Jean-Edmond Lebel, born 1912),.... an other
portrait of Edmond Lebel painted by Carolus-Duran is also in
thanks to Vincent Lebel for sharing this with us