Charlemont’s Little Nude Girl

(Last Updated On August 19, 2016)

This simply beautiful drawing is by someone named Charlemont, possibly Eduard Charlemont, an Austrian painter.  This makes sense because this drawing was a design for a mural for the ceiling of what was then the Vienna Court Opera (now the Vienna State Opera), and Eduard Charlemont was a muralist as well as a traditional painter. However, it was credited to M. Charlemont, so I’m not sure.  This drawing originally appeared in the Revue des Arts Décoratifs, a French magazine, so the “M.” could very well have meant Monsieur.  Or it could refer to his father, Matthias, who was an artist himself.

M. Charlemont - Revue des Arts Décoratifs, Vol. 8 (1887--1888) - Petite fille nue (1)

M. Charlemont – Revue des Arts Décoratifs, Vol. 8 (1887–1888) – Petite fille nue (1)

M. Charlemont - Revue des Arts Décoratifs, Vol. 8 (1887--1888) - Petite fille nue (2)

M. Charlemont – Revue des Arts Décoratifs, Vol. 8 (1887–1888) – Petite fille nue (2)

Editorial update (2016/08/19): The drawing appears on page 25 of Volume 8 of Revue des Arts Décoratifs, available both at Gallica and Internet Archive; the article identifies “M. Charlemont” as the author of a famous 1878 painting by Eduard Charlemont, hence it is indeed Eduard, and “M.” stands for “Monsieur.”

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