Horace DUCHENE DE VERE
(Active in the 1880s)
Oil on canvas
Signed lower left "H. Duchene de Vere"
50 x 41 cm (79 x 71.5 cm with the frame)
Very beautiful frame in carved wood of the 19th century
Horace Duchenne de Vere is an orientalist painter active in the 1880s. He portrayed people from the Middle East and also pretty young girls painted in Italy.
Our painting represents a mandolin player in a beautiful interior with details which are worth most beautiful still lifes. This young woman's beauty with her blue eyes and elegantly dressed is enhanced by the very nice description of her interior with rich materials, fabrics, ceramics and furniture.
It is a very elegant and very decorative painting and at the same time a nice portrait of a young woman.
The theme, the "Mandolinata" the young woamn playing madoline is famous for it is in relation with the history of the Cicada (known in France thank sto Jean de La Fontaine). Behind this theme, the symbols are youth, carefree, even innocence. Paintings exhibited at the Salon in the 1880s are entitled indifferently "The Mandolin Player" (Henri Rouart) (second half of the 19th century), "La mandolinata" (Moreau de Tours) (1887) or "La Cigale" (Emile Metzacher) (1889).
The theme was so successful that it was used also in the theater and in music in the years 1870 to 1900. For example, “La Mandolinata” is a serenade for voice and piano by Emile Paladilhe (1869); “La Cigale et la Fourmi” is a opéra-comique written by Edmond Audran (1886) and "La Cigale" a ballet by Henri Cain performed in 1904.
Horace DUCHENNE DE VERE - The Mandoline player