The artist Tessari has depicted a beautiful dark haired woman in this watercolor masterpiece. He has given her a beautiful honey complexion and rosy cheeks. Her hair is in a bun but enough is falling down and around her face to frame in the beautiful features. Her expression can be interpreted in many ways. You can easily get lost in those soft, sad looking eyes. He has painted her with an earring possibly signifying a social status for that time. She is in a beautiful turquoise button blouse with a bright yellow shawl thrown over her shoulders. The artist "Vittorio Tessari" has signed this piece below her shawl. There is also another word printed below which says Venezia ( Venice). On the back of this piece there is a notation that states: Vittorio Tessari (b 1860) Student of Eugene Von Blaas "Peasant Girl" watercolor Gift of Chas. Cagle. In the examples of his work that have sold on Sotheby, Christies and various other auction sites, this model is one he has used often. The portrait of the young peasant girl very much resembles this woman. I would love to know who this beautiful woman is. This magnificent piece is placed under wavy old original glass in a wonderful wooden frame.
This beautiful art work was done by Tessari circa 1887-1897. Very nice and bright, good addition to any fine art collection.
Condition: Excellent overall condition with colors still bright and defined. Upper left edge of the paper is missing. May still be within the frame or it may have never existed. We choose not to open it to find out. There is some foxing (age-related spots and browning) on the paper. This can be professionally restored to remove the foxing.
TESSARI, V.1860-1947 ~ Vittorio Tessari Giovanni Gaetano Antonio was born in Castelfranco Veneto October 7, 1860. One of the best known of Venetian painters. His subjects are generally introduced picturesque and pleasing female figures. He is also a painter of ideal heads, which are prized for their beautiful execution. He was commissioned to paint the portrait of the Queen of Italy, which now hangs in the royal palace at Venice. He had numerous exhibits: 1887 - The National Exhibition of Venice presents Waiting for her husband, the evening, I Ti accounts de bele! 1890 - Exhibits in Trieste the work entitled From the fields 1895 - At the International Art Exhibition of Venice. . 1897 - In the II International Art Exhibition of Venice 1898 - Receives a written eulogy for his skills as a painter, especially in relation to the portrait of Count Francesco Colonna. It devotes particular success with watercolors and portraits (Portrait of the Painter Placido Fabris, already exhibited in the hall of the "Primitives" at RR Gallery of Venice, Portrait of Queen Margherita, already preserved in the Royal Palace in Venice, Massimo Portrait of Count Grimani Portrait of Fogazzaro). Receiving important commissions, including that of Charles VII, Duke of Madrid and the grandson of Prince Don Carlo of the Two Sicilies, and other characters. In these years he participated in several exhibitions in Treviso, Trieste, Milan and other places. 1900 - On November 25 he was appointed Honorary Academician of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. 1902 - Exposition of St. Petersburg holds a painting comfort. 1903 - Exposition of Udine participates with the painted flowers. 1933 - He painted a Madonna for the Oratory of the parish church of San Martino, Genova - Pegli. 1935 - Exhibited at the Exhibition of Forty of the Venice Biennale. 1947 - For years, suffers from Parkinson's disease, died March 17. 1947.
This painting came out of the estate of Gene Degruson from the Girard, KS area. He had a very large and eclectic collection of antiques, art and history. He served as the State Treasure for Kansas and was a professor at Pittsburg State University. We feel very fortunate to have acquired this and now it will find a deserving home with one you.
Framed size: 17 ½ H x 14 ¼" Approx Portrait: 14 ½" H x 11 ½" W
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