Festo Prouvençalo de Mouries - paper fan in gilded shadow box w/ blue velvet back 18½" x 11¾"

SKU: 17512

US$203
This listing is part of the 'At Home with Patricia Wells' collection of epicurean objects and decorative antiques.
Patricia and Walter Wells have several posters, paintings and packages designed by Léo Lelée (1872-1947). The vintage fan is titled in Provençal , 'Festo Prouvencalo de Mouries' and depicts a floral framed portrait of an Arlesian lady in traditional attire. It is printed with blue ink, and presented in a gilded box frame. 

Léo Lelée, (1872 -1947), was a distinguished French artist known for his illustrations and paintings that vividly captured the essence of Provence and its traditions. Lelée's work is celebrated for its meticulous attention to detail, vibrant colors, and the ability to evoke the spirit of the region he so adored.

Embarking on his artistic journey with formal education in the arts, Lelée honed his skills and developed a unique style that seamlessly blended traditional techniques with his personal vision. His passion for Provence was not just limited to its landscapes; he had a deep fascination with the local customs, costumes, and festivities, which became the central theme of much of his work.

Throughout his career, Lelée's illustrations and paintings earned him recognition not just in France but internationally. His artworks were more than mere representations; they were an homage to the Provençal way of life, capturing the simplicity, beauty, and richness of the culture. Through his art, Lelée played a crucial role in preserving and promoting the heritage of Provence, making significant contributions to the cultural history of the region.

Lelée's legacy lives on through his works, which continue to be celebrated in exhibitions and collections around the world. His art not only provides a window into the soul of Provence but also stands as a testament to his skill, passion, and dedication to capturing the essence of his beloved homeland.

The Arlésienne

The Arlesian woman, or Arlésienne, is a cultural and historical symbol deeply rooted in the identity of Arles, a city in the Provence region of southern France. This symbol encapsulates the traditional costume, beauty, and heritage of the women of Arles and has become an iconic representation of Provençal culture.

The origins of the Arlesian woman's symbolism can be traced back to the 19th century, when the traditional costumes of the women of Arles began to gain recognition for their distinctive style, elegance, and the cultural values they embodied. These costumes were notable for their intricate details, including fine fabrics, elaborate lace, and the characteristic capeline (a wide-brimmed hat) or the ribboned coiffure known as the "fougal."

The image and concept of the Arlesian woman were popularized and romanticized in literature and art, most notably by the French writer Alphonse Daudet in his play "L'Arlésienne" (1872). The play, along with its subsequent adaptations and the music by Georges Bizet, contributed significantly to the mythos surrounding the Arlesian woman, portraying her as a figure of beauty, mystery, and tragedy.

Artists like Vincent van Gogh and Léo Lelée further immortalized the Arlesian woman in their works. Van Gogh, during his time in Arles, was captivated by the local scenes and people, including the Arlesian women, whom he depicted in several of his paintings, appreciating their traditional costumes and the beauty they added to the landscape of Provence. Lelée, on the other hand, dedicated much of his artistic career to celebrating the traditions and costumes of Provence, including the Arlesian women, through his detailed and colorful illustrations.

Over time, the Arlesian woman has come to represent not only the traditional costume and beauty of the women of Arles but also the broader cultural heritage, traditions, and identity of the Provence region. Today, the Arlesian woman continues to be celebrated in festivals, cultural events, and through the preservation of traditional costumes, embodying the enduring spirit and heritage of Provence.


Light wear.
Approx. overall 18½" high x 11¾" wide x 2" deep
Approx. overall 47cm high x 30cm wide x 5cm deep

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