Happy Birthday Paul Cesar Helleu!! French born painter and engraver from 1859, Helleu's work chronicles France at the turn of the century. In 1876 he attended an Impressionist exhibit which was to greatly influence his work thereafter. He painted society ladies whose commissions helped establish his fortune. However his portraits of his wife Alice are perhaps his best loved for their sensitivity and grace. He also loved the sea and created many works on the subject. The pastel portrait included today is of Madame Helleu. Isn't the vantage point unique and interesting?