Léon François Comerre (Trélon 1850 - Paris 1916). Comerre's artistic talent showed itself from a very early age. At only 17 he finished his education at the Art Academy in Lille with a gold medal and then moved to Paris to continue his studies under the direction of Alexandre Cabanel. The young artist's reputation was quickly established and he exhibited his paintings at the Société des Artistes Français from the age of 23 until he died. He was admired both in France and abroad, especially by the bourgeoisie in Belgium, England and the United States. There was a great demand for his work, especially portraits, allegorical and biblical scenes. He was greatly influenced by his voyage to Spain and on his return started using decorative elements in the Alhambran style. He was especially fascinated by the intricate mosaics he saw there, and which have added the oriental touch to his portraits, such as Les Coquelicots ('Poppies'). Here the beauty of the lovely young woman is enhanced by the rich colours of the fabrics, her exotic jewellery and the exotic Alhambran mosaic background.