Chavannes, Puvis de

Pierre-Cecile Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898) is best known for his huge decorative canvasses painted in oils that recreated the Italian frescoes of the Renaissance. He was greatly admired during his lifetime not only by the artistic establishment but also by younger artists such as Van Gogh, Gauguin and Seurat for his pale `flat` areas of coulour and his wonderfully rythmical compositions.

The portrait shown is a woodcut by Felix Vallotton (1865-1925) commissioned by `The Studio`magazine in 1899 the year after Puvis de Chavannes death.