Max Levis Portrait Painting - Madeline
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Max Levis


This fine pastel (drawing with pastel crayons made of a powdered pigment paste) captures with various light or pale colors the poise and refinement of feminine beauty. Levis uses the crayon with an exquisiteness of vision and a delicacy of touch. As a maestro of the pastel medium, Levis has rendered the subtle nuances and variation in skin tone and texture while creating a composition of undeniable elegance. The artist has chosen to portray the lovely “Madeline” as she tilts her head in a graceful gesture of dreamy reflection, baring the ivory softness of her neck. She is adorned in pure white fabric of diaphanous chiffon, depicted with an astute sensitivity to the nature of the texture. She holds dainty flowers of a pink tint, a radiance which is mirrored in the blush of her cheeks. Max Levis has designed a portrait of enduring and captivating charm, capturing the romantic presence of this beautiful woman. Max Levis, a noted German painter of figures and portraits of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was born in Hamburg on January 27, 1863. An expert in the media of pastel and watercolor, the artist gained great favor for his sensitive portrait figure studies and genre works.


  • Artist
    Max Levis (1863 - 1930, German)
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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Signed, Lower Left
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 24 in. x W 21.25 in.H 60.96 cm x W 53.98 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New Orleans, LA
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  • More Editions & Sizes
    Framed size 39.63" x 37"Price: $12,000
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