The painter of this beautiful and sensual oil, Jules Frederic Ballavoine, was born 1855 and died in 1901. He lived and worked in France and according to Askart "received his formal art training at L'Ecole de Beaux-Arts under the historical painter Isidore Alexandre Augustin Pils. Ballavoine debuted at the Salon of 1877, and exhibited at the Salon throughout his career. At the 1886 Paris Salon, he was awarded a medal for La seance interrompue; throughout his career he received critical acclaim for his delicate still lifes, portraits, Paris street scenes, and historical genre paintings." A most unusual thing about this oil is that it has a note from the artist confirming that it is by him and saying that it is one of his better paintings. It also has a note that is like a bill of sale of several paintings and a note that translates the French - all written at the same time, just before the artist died. It has been in the same family since it's purchase in 1901 and therefore it is fresh to the marketplace. The canvas measures 22" by 19" and the frame measures 30" by 33". The overall condition of the piece is very good - there are a few small losses on the elaborate frame which is to be expected. Overall, this is a painting to live with, the stunning beauty and character of the two young ladies is very powerful and will give the next owner countless hours of viewing pleasure.
(New Note) I recently had a painting expert from Sotheby's come over looking at something I was considering for auction and he happened to see this painting hanging up. He said that other similar paintings by this artist have sold for around $10,000 at Sotheby's. Nice to know.
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