JEAN PEZOUS (FRENCH, 1815-1885) ANTIQUE GENRE SCENE PAINTING, Signed "J. Pezous" lower right
Item # 1402VAP22PZ
This is a vivid and highly charming little scene capturing a group of friends enjoying a sunny summer afternoon of games at a rural tavern in the middle of wheat fields. The tavern has a faint block inscription reading "Bon Vin" or "Good Wine". Shadows dance along the dusty ground from the shade of the tall trees surrounding the yard and a couple can be seen strolling through the wheat field in the distance. It is a warm and nostalgic genre scene full of character and descriptive story telling in it's petite dimensions - the faces and body language of the participants is most telling. One young woman watches the player closely, her companion looking at the seated gentleman who seems to be holding a conversation with her; a younger figure leans against a tree with a certain disinterest, which coupled with his somewhat sloppy dress suggest something of his character. The standing gentleman looks carefully and respectfully on as the player readies his throw, probably the main competitor in this match.
A bright and lively work, this is a little treasure for any room it becomes a part of.
Jean Pezous was born in Toulon, France in March of 1815. He studied with Senequier, who taught at the nautical school. He then went to Paris and studied under Orsel. He lived for a time at Bondy (Seine-St-Denis) and from 1846 to 1880 exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon. Pezous produced a large number of small paintings on a variety of different subjects, often introducing many figures. (Source: Benezit: Dictionary of Artists, vol. 10, p. 1299)
Measurements: [frame] 17 1/2" x 12 1/2"; [canvas] 13 3/16" x 8 1/4"
Condition Report: Very light surface grime, mildly yellowed varnish. Scattered chips/losses/inpainting to the frame. Tiny little holes throughout the front of the frame. Canvas is trimmed and backed by a chamfered mahogany panel - we have not removed the panel to examine the canvas, but can do so upon request if it is important to you. [UNDER UV] Inpainting to approximately 10% of the surface, these visible to the eye as a slightly "maroon/red" tone and are probably mostly craquelure touch ups: right edge inpainting in foliage, the tree top in the top-right corner somewhat overpainted, inpainting from the fork to top of top-middle tree with scattered touch ups in leaves and more heavily in the leafage in top-left corner; each figure has trace touch ups in their hair and clothing; bench has some partial inpainting to leg and seat, scattered touch ups to left building; a chemical lightly fluoresces in the dresses, trees and some foliage - possibly a later varnish.