Item No: A19812
About this item:
Artist: Cortazzo, Oreste, (Born 1836, Rome, Died 1910, Paris)
Signed & Dated: Bottom Left (within frame)
Medium: Original Watercolour
Size (inc. frame): 16 ¾ x 20 ½ inches
Size (not inc. frame or mount): 9 ¾ x 13 ¾ inches
A fine historical, character study of an 18th Century French gentleman dressed in tricorne, matching brocade vest and breeches & pantone justaucorps. The bright costume, offset by the comparatively muted background, is rendered in faithful detail, right down to the embroidered stockings. The sideways gaze and posture of the subject, as well as the teacup in his hand, are suggestive of a secondary, unseen character beyond the frame. The gentleman is leaning on a sideboard in a typically cluttered rococo salon.
This is a superb watercolour study, which is more evocative of Cortazzo’s oil paintings than other watercolour studies by the artist.
Condition: On fine, nineteenth century laid paper. Signed and dated by the artist to the bottom left and in perfect condition. The watercolour is housed in a complimentary, gilt, timber frame with gilt mount.
Glazing will be removed for shipping (unless collected in person).
An Italian born painter and etcher, Oreste Cortazzo was highly regarded for his genre scenes and character studies. Around 1858 he met Leon Bonnat (1833-1922), in Rome, and they toured Italy together studying the great painters of the Italian Renaissance and attending the "Prix de Rome", in which Cortazzo participated. In 1861 Cortazzo began studying in Paris, under Bonnat, and frequently exhibited at the Salon de Paris. In 1889 he was awarded a prize for his art from the Exposition Universelle of 1889.
The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco include several of Octavio Cortazzo's original etchings in its permanent collection, including ‘Les Buveurs’, ‘Le Passage de la Mariee’ & ‘Le Pifferari’. Other notable works include ‘Marie Antoinette's Hameau in Versailles’, ‘The Boating Party’, ‘The Masterpiece Revealed’, ‘The Royal Celebration’ long with works housed in the Musée Bonnat, Bayonne.