Large Antique French Oil Painting of a Classical Draped Nude Female, Impressionist, In Superb Wood Frame 27" x 20.5"

Oil on canvas, dates mid-1800s to late -1800s, and remains in the original carved wood frame that was made for it, this larger painting represents the emerging Impressionist movement, comes to us from France and, oddly, is unsigned as far as we can tell. Unless those longer stokes up in the upper right quadrant represent a signature, there is none. And yet the work is beautifully done and places the partially draped nude in Classical form so beautifully within the space of the painting and shows us a very adept skill in rendering the human form as well as an understanding of the impressionist's relationship to the paint and space as well as to subject. By this I mean, well, look at the fine detail of her elbow, which shows the under-structure of bone, the blush of skin, the roundness with shadow and the tension of musculature holding an object thus. That elbow seems to be the focal point of the painting, in my view. That an the correspondingly detailed cheek of the woman who faces away. From there the artist's canvas evolves back into the medium from which those features arise in full form - just paint and color, contrast and shape. Very impressionist! Well placed in the space, the line of cheek to shoulder to wrist and sweeping down the length of the sketched-in drapery, the eye is led through the painting. I look for such design elements in the paintings I bring home. The eye has to be pleased or 'tickled' in a way that makes me want to look at the painting again and again without tiring of it. I've enjoyed this one long, wishing the artist had signed it so I could research him or her. Alas like the girl who modeled for this painting, gone to history without a byline. While it's easy to think of the figure's stance and careless grasp of the Classical harp, the turning away from the viewer and the slump of shoulder as a visual metaphor for the turning away of the Impressionists from the hyper-realism style that preceded it, I can't be sure that is what the artist was doing. Isn't she lovely, though!

Very good to excellent condition for age and type. There are no losses and no restorations to this stretched canvas, and the painting is excellent. The frame is the old original made for this painting, and it remains in fine condition also. No flaws to note, really, just the look and feel of a fine quality 150 year old painting. NOTE: Our paintings will be shipped in the sturdy boxes made to transport framed works of art. We will take every possible precaution in packing to be sure your painting arrives in perfect form, without damage to image or frame. And we insure all items in full.

Item ID: 513painting003

Large Antique French Oil Painting of a Classical Draped Nude Female, Impressionist, In Superb Wood Frame 27" x 20.5"

Large Antique French Oil Painting of a Classical Draped Nude Female, Impressionist, In Superb Wood Frame 27" x 20.5"
Large Antique French Oil Painting of a Classical Draped Nude Female, Impressionist, In Superb Wood Frame 27" x 20.5"
Large Antique French Oil Painting of a Classical Draped Nude Female, Impressionist, In Superb Wood Frame 27" x 20.5"
Large Antique French Oil Painting of a Classical Draped Nude Female, Impressionist, In Superb Wood Frame 27" x 20.5"
Large Antique French Oil Painting of a Classical Draped Nude Female, Impressionist, In Superb Wood Frame 27" x 20.5"
Large Antique French Oil Painting of a Classical Draped Nude Female, Impressionist, In Superb Wood Frame 27" x 20.5"
Large Antique French Oil Painting of a Classical Draped Nude Female, Impressionist, In Superb Wood Frame 27" x 20.5"
Large Antique French Oil Painting of a Classical Draped Nude Female, Impressionist, In Superb Wood Frame 27" x 20.5"

Oil on canvas, dates mid-1800s to late -1800s, and remains in the original carved wood frame that was made for it, this larger painting represents the emerging Impressionist movement, comes to us from France and, oddly, is unsigned as far as we can tell. Unless those longer stokes up in the upper right quadrant represent a signature, there is none. And yet the work is beautifully done and places the partially draped nude in Classical form so beautifully within the space of the painting and shows us a very adept skill in rendering the human form as well as an understanding of the impressionist's relationship to the paint and space as well as to subject. By this I mean, well, look at the fine detail of her elbow, which shows the under-structure of bone, the blush of skin, the roundness with shadow and the tension of musculature holding an object thus. That elbow seems to be the focal point of the painting, in my view. That an the correspondingly detailed cheek of the woman who faces away. From there the artist's canvas evolves back into the medium from which those features arise in full form - just paint and color, contrast and shape. Very impressionist! Well placed in the space, the line of cheek to shoulder to wrist and sweeping down the length of the sketched-in drapery, the eye is led through the painting. I look for such design elements in the paintings I bring home. The eye has to be pleased or 'tickled' in a way that makes me want to look at the painting again and again without tiring of it. I've enjoyed this one long, wishing the artist had signed it so I could research him or her. Alas like the girl who modeled for this painting, gone to history without a byline. While it's easy to think of the figure's stance and careless grasp of the Classical harp, the turning away from the viewer and the slump of shoulder as a visual metaphor for the turning away of the Impressionists from the hyper-realism style that preceded it, I can't be sure that is what the artist was doing. Isn't she lovely, though!

Very good to excellent condition for age and type. There are no losses and no restorations to this stretched canvas, and the painting is excellent. The frame is the old original made for this painting, and it remains in fine condition also. No flaws to note, really, just the look and feel of a fine quality 150 year old painting. NOTE: Our paintings will be shipped in the sturdy boxes made to transport framed works of art. We will take every possible precaution in packing to be sure your painting arrives in perfect form, without damage to image or frame. And we insure all items in full.

Item ID: 513painting003

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