Here we have a charming painting of children in a fancy ballroom participating in dancing class. The brushwork, somewhat Impressionist in style, is textured and bold, yet light in feeling. The artist has successfully captured the dancer's sense of graceful, flowing movement. Most of the children are well dressed and appear to be preparing for the requirements of an upper class lifestyle. The painting is reverse painted on glass in oil, a very difficult technique to master. A plaque on the frame reads, 'DANCING SCHOOL, A. BRENNEN', and is signed by the artist lower left, 'Brennen(r) 1875'. I believe the last letter of the artists signature looks more like an 'r', and whoever made the plaque misread the name to be Brennen, rather than Brenner. The plaque most likely was made after leaving the artists hands. The frame looks to be original to the work. Enjoy this painting which could enlighten many an interior, or just escape into a glimpse of a seemingly simpler and less complicated lifestyle.
Size : 25" (63.5 cm) X 29" (73.66 cm) Overall // 14" (35.56 cm) X 17.5 (44.45 cm) Image
Condition: Appears to be a small area of overpaint or touch-up between the left frame edge and the area to the upper left corner of the large portrait's frame. Outer frame appears relaquered. Backside is sealed and has not been opened. Overall the painting is vivid, clean, stable and ready to hang. Due to the fragile nature of this work, a very large box is required.
Biography : I am attributing this work to an Austrian artist Adam Brenner (1800 - 1891), although he has nominal auction records and virtually no biographical information.
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