The Absinthe Drinker
Graphite on paper, signed lower right & dated '25'
Image size: 15 x 11 inches
Roland Raymond Ferdinand Caillaud was born January 5, 1905, known professionally as Roland Caillaux, and sometimes using the pseudonym Roland Caipland.
Caillaud was a French actor and artist. He is known for acting in several French films in the 1920s and 1930s, and for producing and publishing homoerotic illustrations in the mid 20th century.
Caillaux has long been best known for illustrating 20 lithographies pour un livre que j'ai lu (20 lithographs for a book I read), which accompanied a text attributed to JeanGenett with images of male homosexuality, including explicit sexual activity. The book was published in April 1945, without the name of the author, the publisher or place of publication, with a print run of only 115 copies.
Roland Caillaud's studio was located on Rue Boulard in the 14th arondissement of Paris between 1944 and 1945: it is there that Jean Genet met the painter throught the model Eduoard Dermit. Nicole Canet, who has rediscovered many of Caillaud's drawings, reports that he inherited money from his parents and lived as an annuitant after having been an actor. He lived at 5 rue de l'Ancienne Comédie. In a memoir, Francois Sentein says that when he traveled by bicycle to Montpensier street where Jean Cocteau lived, he kept his bicycle pump in his hand, for fear of it being stolen
On December 3, 1977 he passed away.
1701 – 1779
Portrait of a Lady
Oil on canvas
Image size: 30 x 25 inches
Original carved giltwood frame
Hudson had many assistants, and employed the specialist drapery painter Joseph van Aken for the clothing in this portrait.
After Sir Anthony van Dyck
Portrait of Sir Edward Lord Littleton , First Baron Lyttleton (1589-1645)
Oil on canvas
Image size: 37¾ by 30 inches
Hand carved auricular frame
Sir Edward Littleton was Solicitor-General to Charles I, 1634-40; Chief Justice of Common Pleas, January 1640-January 1641; Lord Keeper, 1641-45.
Painted in his robes, and wearing the chain of office, of the Chief Justice of the Commons Pleas; the dress of the sitter dates the painting to the last eighteen months of van Dyck’s life. The picture was probably painted to celebrate Littleton’s preferment to the Chief Justiceship; various copies were undertaken for circulation among friends.
Autograph versions exist in a private collection (see Barnes, et al., Van Dyck, p. 553), and at Hagley Hall, Staffordshire. There are four known copies: in the Harvard Law School Art Collection; the Inner Temple, London; the National Portrait Gallery; and this present version of the head and shoulders (noted in Barnes, et al., Van Dyck, p. 553).
Literature: Lionel Cust, Anthony van Dyck: An Historical Study of his Life and Works (London, 1900), p. 278; this version listed Susan J. Barnes, Nora de Poorter, Oliver Millar, and Horst Vey, Van Dyck: a Complete Catalogue of the Paintings (New Haven and London, 2004), pp. 553-4.
Portrait of a Gentlemen
Oil on canvas
Image size: 28 x 24 inches
Period style hand made frame
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