ALPHONSE OSBERT (Paris 1857 - 1939 Paris)
Oil on panel 7 × 10 ¾ inches (17.8 × 27.3 cm)
Signed A Osbert, dated 1892 and dedicated à Melle M. Maugue, lower right
Alphonse Osbert was student of Ferdinand Cormon at the École des Beaux Arts in the same atelier as Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec and Émile Bernard. Under the influence of Puvis de Chavannes and Seurat, he transformed his subject matter into a Post Impressionist/Symbolist vocabulary. Osbert exhibited at the first Rose + Croix exhibition in 1892 and at the Salon de l’Art Nouveau at Siegfried Bing in 1896. Interestingly, the contents of his entire atelier were preserved intact by his devoted daughter, Yolande and donated by her to the Musée d’Orsay in the 1980s.