Lucien Victor Guirand de Scevola - (1871 - 1950)
"Pierre de Longerey"
Oil on Canvas
65 x 54 cm
Born in Sète in 1871, Guirand de Scevola was a painter known for his versatility and his ability to adopt a great number of different styles. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he was a pupil of Fernand Cormon and Pierre Dupuis. He exhibited regularly in the Salon des Aristes Francais from 1889 on, and he left a large and varied body of work including landscapes, flower paintings and society portraits. From 1894 he specialized in Symbolist paintings evoking young women, inaccessible and diaphanous.
De Scevola was a member of the Société des pastellistes de France and the Comité de la Société des beaux-arts de Paris. He became an Officer of the Légion d'Honneur in 1914. He was recruited by the French Department of Defense together with other painters and stage artists during the First World War, as a result of this he is credited for being the inventor of military camouflage. He died in 1950.