Hans Zatzka Morning Spring Fantasy Lady Cupids All Intact.
This absolutely amazing antique print is called Morning No. 93, and also Spring Fantasy. It is by the artist Hans Zatzka (see biography below). It is a lovely depiction of a maiden surrounded by cupid and fairy entities. Her face is beautiful as are the details in her dress and the cupids. Around her is a meadow scene with attending birds. One little cupid takes a sip of nectar from a lily, while a bird has alighted on a rock below to also take a drink. Please note that this is the LARGE size of this print, much more scarce and highly sought after.
The print is in near fine condition for its age, in old sepia tones that have gorgeous hues. The print is housed in its original oak frame with rounded corners, old hand rolled glass, and the backing is intact with the old paper. The frame is in VG condition. The title is shown in the lower left corner. This is a panel or yard long print and measures 15 x 28 inches. This piece came out of an old estate in Long Beach, CA. It is the only one of this print we have ever found in the larger size, and in short, it is just incredibly beautiful. Postage is an estimate and any overages are always cheerfully refunded.
Hans Zatzka biography:
Hans Zatzka (actually Johann Franz, nicknames: Zabateri, P. Ronsard, Joseph Bernard and Bernard Zatzka), born 8 March 1859 in Vienna, Austria, and died 7 December 1945 , is a painter Austrian style of academic and religious, also an architect, and brother to Ludwig Zatzki, and great uncle of actress Hilde Sochor.
Zatzka was a well known Austrian fantasy artist whose most popular and valuable works depict figures of young maidens, angels, floral and other cheerful and warm scenes. In the past thirty years alone, the high quality and detail of his beautiful paintings have caught the attention of International collectors and art dealers alike, making his works something very sought after, which in turn has helped his artworks reach steady record high prices at auction houses worldwide.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, many of Zazka's charming works were photographed and turned into commercial and collectable postcards. Though no information about his works being exhibited in museums is currently available, most of Zatzka's works are currently in private collections and, during the years, very few have become available on the open market.
At the young age of eighteen, Zatzka joined Austria's Academy of Fine Arts under the leadership of Professor Blaas. For his fine early works, in 1880 he received The Golden Fügermedal award.
Zatzka, like many other artists of the era, traveled around Europe working and selling his art and on one of many trips to Italy, he developed a special interest in Religious themes, decorating churches with frescos as well as painting several religious scenes of Madonna's, Jesus, Saints, Angels and others. In 1885 Zatzka was commissioned to paint "The Naiad of Baden" a ceiling fresco at Kurhaus Baden. Most of Zatzka's income came from his work in religious art and special church commissions.
Numerous leading art dealers from around the world that specialize in late 19th and early 20th century European genre paintings have come to the conclusion that the painter signing his works Bernard Zatzka, Joseph Bernard or J. Bernard is almost certainly the artist Hans Zatzka. The consensus seems quite plausible when comparing works known to have been executed by Hans Zatzka together with similar works displaying the signature; Joseph Bernard, J. Bernard or Bernard Zatzka. The use of pseudonyms for the artist’s name in the world of art is of course quite common and well documented. It was prevalent at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, particularly for those painters working under contract with specific dealers and galleries. In lieu of being limited in the amount of works they could sell under contract using their proper name, painters would often simply sign their works with a pseudonym, thereby allowing them to expand their sales base, while at the same time avert breaking any contractual agreements they might have with their distributors. Also, many times the signature was purposely omitted, to deter another firm from discovering who the artist was and stealing them away. A number of art sales databases have apparently merged the works of Joseph Bernard the French sculptor and Joseph Bernard the painter artist.
In the years 1877-1882 he studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 1880 he was awarded a gold medal. After a stay in Italy, he returned to Vienna, where he became an independent painter. He was regarded as the successor of Hans Makart . His paintings of beautiful women in a rich environment made them popular and were reproduced on postcards and large oleodrukach. He modeled his works after his first wife and two daughters.
He created several ceilings in the buildings erected by his brother Ludwig. He has also designed a number of altar paintings and frescoes in the churches of Vienna, Mayerling , Olmutz and Innsbruck, Austria and the Czech Republic. With an amazing performance he could paint two paintings a week.
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