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A Pair of Swans

by Arden Leo

Antwerp 1859 – Brussels 1904

Belgian School

Dimensions: Image size 21,5 x 27 cm, frame size 28 x 34,50 cm
Signature: Signed bottom right
Medium: Oil on canvas

Value: up to 5.000€

Arden Charlotte Léonie, born in Antwerp in 1859 or in 1860. She was the first wife of a painter Henri Arden and a pupil of Alfred Stevens.

She had a preference of anecdotic genre-scenes and landscapes. Seldom reflected in large format. Her impulsive style and strange virility of colours allowed her to paint differently.

From the press: “Her feminine sensibility led to a preference for an anecdotic and sentimental subject, which she managed to portray with grace and often imbued with a certain melancholy”.

Her personality was mainly expressed in the delicacy and subtlety with which she managed to evoke a certain poetic and mystical atmosphere, mentioned in “Biographie Nationale”

Exhibition in the ‘Cercle Artistique’ Brussels 1886 and in the Salon de Paris ever since 1896.

Died in Uccle-les-Brussels in 1904.


Antwerp, Brussels.


Joachim Busse, Internationales Handbuch aller Maler und Bildhauer des 19. Jahrhunderts;

Le Dictionnaire des Peintres Belges du XIVe siècle à nos jours, La Renaissance du Livre;

Paul Piron, De Belgische Beeldende Kunstenaars uit de 19de en 20ste eeuw, Art in Belgium;

Lexicon of the Belgian Romantic Painters, Antwerpen 1981;

Biografisch Lexicon Plastische Kunst in België, Arto 2000;

E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire Critique et Documentaire des Peintres Sculpteurs Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Grüd 1999.

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