Circa 1890, a very poetic Italian watercolor of a fisherman's hamlet by the Mediterranean sea, with charming characters and colors to die for!
This is the kind of paintings made for the wealthy tourists of the time, and it is mostly naive, but also totally genuine.
You will love the colors. They have this powdery quality of Italian gouaches, where the sky is always an ideal teal and peach.
The piece shows an ancient thatched house on the right, with a hardworking woman (she has strong arms!) standing on a wooden plank and getting water in a jug from a brook. She wears a long Victorian cotton dress with an apron, above what looks like bloomers. She seems to have a rustic cotton cap.
A fisherman behind the house is readying his fishing net, while a man is walking with a stick on the path to the beach.
In the distance is a coastal village to the left, and various ships out at sea, with traditional sails. Volcanic mountains in the background, including what may be the Vesuvius on the horizon.
A super charming artwork, with a lot of details, that will bring a touch of antique poetry to any decor!
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 11 3/4". Width: 8 7/8".
(30 cm) by (22 1/2 cm)
CONDITION: In very good condition. No damage. The watercolor was applied on thick board ans protected with a matte varnish.
Will be shipped "Expedited" (5-7 days) from Paris, (also called "Express Mail International") under thick layers of cardboard, including insurance and signature at delivery.
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