You Say Goodbye, I Say Helleu: The Fine Print & Drawing Fair

Paul Helleu has been my favorite artist for many years. In addition to being supremely elegant, his drypoint portraits of Belle Epoque society figures strike a perfect balance between faithfulness to the subject and individual artistic flair.

Pictured above is one of his most famous portraits, executed in 1901. The sitter is Consuelo Vanderbilt (later the Duchess of Marlborough), and is seenat the Fine Print & Drawing Fair, which runs through Sunday at the Lighthouse  International Conference Center at 111 East 59th Street. The dealer is my old friend Georgina Kelman, who specializes in Belle Epoque and Art Deco works on paper.

Though Helleu is best known for his portraits, he occasionally took on more ambitious projects. Because of his connection to the Vanderbilts, he was commissioned to paint the astral-themed mural that adorns the ceiling of Grand Central Terminal. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD