Description & Technical information

Once the capital of Persia, the legendary city of
Ispahan is famed for its minarets, palaces and gardens, which inspired poets,
musicians and painters, many of whom had never visited the city. The poem, by
Charles Leconte de Lisle and first published in 1884, inspired by the ideals of
this city and the eponymous roses which had been first brought to Europe during
the crusades, was set to music by Gabriel Faure almost immediately. Faure’s
music, first written for a soprano with piano accompaniment, has also been sung
by tenors and arranged for orchestra and it is frequently performed today.

Date:  c.1910
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed ‘Lévy-Dhurmer’ (lower left)

Dimensions: 59.94 x 81.03 cm (23⁵/₈ x 31⁷/₈ inches)
Provenance: 

Stern Singer collection;
Private collection, France

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints