Léonard Sarluis

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Salomon-Léon Sarluis, known as Léonard Sarluis, (born The Hague, 21 October 1874 - died France, 1949) was a naturalised French Symbolist painter.[1]

Sarluis arrived in Paris in 1894 and became a well-known boulevardier. He travelled widely, including to Naples, Italy and to Russia. He was praised by Jean Lorrain and Oscar Wilde.[1]

Poster for the fifth Salon de la Rose+Croix, 1896. Designed by Sarluis and Armand Point.

He exhibited at the Salon de la Rose+Croix and the Salon des Artistes Français, and with Armand Point he designed the poster for the fifth salon of that group. It depicted the Ideal in the form of Perseus holding the severed head of Émile Zola[2] in reference to the Greek myth in which Perseus decapitated the Gorgon Medusa. For the Symbolists, Zola exemplified in literature the oppressive Naturalism they rejected.[3]

Notable works[edit]

Sarluis completed the decorative illustrations for the refectory bar at the Paris newspaper Le Journal and worked for years on a Mystic Interpretation of the Bible, the paintings for which he exhibited in London in 1928. He illustrated Gaston de Pawlowski's Voyage to the Land of the Fourth Dimension which Jean Clair thought was the inspiration for Marcel Duchamp's Large Glass.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "SARLUIS, Léonard." Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Oxford Art Online, Oxford University Press. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  2. ^ Jullian, Philippe. (1973) The Symbolists. Translated by Mary Anne Stevens. London: Phaidon Press, p. 234. ISBN 071481590X
  3. ^ Lucie-Smith, Edward. (1972) Symbolist Art. London: Thames & Hudson, p. 54. ISBN 0500201250

External links[edit]

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