Lady Cupid Print Hans Zatzka Womans Home Companion c1901 Roses Cupid Cherub Goddess,
This antique magazine cover is by the artist Hans Zatzka (see biography below), and is chock full of all things enchanting. In a fantasy meadow scene, an overhead flying cupid sprinkles roses into a lady's dress below. She is just beautiful, and gazes directly at the viewer. She wear a gossamer dress and has flowers in her hair and also holds a sprig of white lilies. To her bottom right is another cupid who gazes upwards at her, and you can see that his quiver holds no arrows. Presumably, he has already marked her as his target.
The cover print is for the Woman's Home Companion for June 1901, and was published by the Crowell and Kirkpatrick Company. Around the maiden lady is a fine cartouche, also filled with pink cabbage roses and stems. The printed area is wonderful.
The cover is in VG condition with a little wear as is customary, moreso at the left edge where it was bound. It has a mat that has an inner curve to match the lines of the cartouche, and all is housed in a composite gold frame, which is also in VG condition. Overall size is 20 x 24 inches, just a gorgeous piece and so scarce. This is an unsigned study by Zatzka, unmistakably his work indeed.
Wikipedia history about the artist:
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. 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.