Study of Trees (c.1880)
MARIE JOSEPH LEON ‘IWILL’ (1850-1923)
Oil on canvas; signed bottom right
In handmade gilt greek key frame
At the beginning of his career, Marie-Joseph Leon adopted the pseudonym of IWill, for its English meaning, in order to stress the intensity of his artistic effort. The contrivance seemed to work. He made his debut at the Salon in 1875 and continued to be exhibited there for the next twenty years. He became a member of the Société des Artistes Français in 1883, receiving an honourable mention in 1884. He received a silver medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1889, and a bronze at that of 1900. He was named Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in 1894. In 2003, his work was included in the collective exhibition Brittany, Land of Painters at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Vannes.
Marie Joseph Léon Iwill’s work has been offered at auction multiple times, the record price being 7,833 USD for A View of Venicesold at Dorotheum, Vienna n 2018.