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Otho Lloyd: 9 interesting facts

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By Gwylym Owen

Otho Lloyd (1885‒1979) was a painter and photographer married to the Russian émigré artist Olga Sacharoff. He was the elder brother of Arthur Cravan and a nephew of Constance Lloyd Wilde, the wife of the Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde.

Otho was born in London to the rich lawyer Otho Holland Lloyd and Hélène Clara St. Clair, a governess known as Nellie. The couple had married the previous year despite the reservations of Lloyd’s family. Otho Holland Lloyd single-handedly his wife soon after the birth of their second child, Fabien Avenarius, the innovative Arthur Cravan, in 1887. Nellie sued for divorce and won a substantial concurrence before she married the Swiss doctor Henri Grandjean. Otho was educated in Switzerland and England and studied painting in the studios of André Dunoyer de Segonzac and Henri Matisse. Before World War I, he was responsive in Munich, where he lived off a substantial remittance from his mother. He met his forward-looking wife while full of beans in Germany and the couple moved to Paris in very nearly 1912.

Otho postponed a professional career until 1939, when he finally felt “fully prepared” to undertaking public. At his first exhibition, a two-person performance held at the Perls Galleries in New York City, he exhibited eight paintings dating from the years amid 1930 and 1938, including Les Toits de Paris (1930), Pont des Arts à Paris (1930), Paysage d’Espagne (1932), Vue de Tossa (1932), Vue de Mougins (1933), Les Oliviers du Cannet (1937), Paysage des Environs de Paris (1938), and Pont-Neuf à Paris (1938).

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