Eugène Leroy, Nu rose (Pink Nude), 1956, oil on canvas, 32 1/4 x 25 5/8".

Eugène Leroy

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Eugène Leroy, Nu rose (Pink Nude), 1956, oil on canvas, 32 1/4 x 25 5/8".

Take courage, late bloomers! Persistence sometimes pays off. It certainly did in the case of Eugène Leroy, a painter born in Tourcoing, near France’s border with Belgium. Although the reputation he enjoyed, once he’d established one, was as an isolato, an artist who’d worked in humble obscurity most of his life, that wasn’t quite accurate: From the 1940s onward he exhibited regularly, primarily in France and Belgium but also abroad, and to all appearances with gradually increasing success. Still, he only gave up his day job as a schoolteacher in 1963, and it was 1983 before his career went to a different level when he began exhibiting with the Galerie Michael Werner in Cologne. But his late success can be attributed to the late blossoming of his work; only in the 1970s, when he was already over sixty, did his artistic project come decisively and consistently into focus. Now, ten

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