This accomplished genre artist was born in Lyon, France, in 1846. He was influenced by his father, Louis Apollinaire Sicard (1807-1881), an accomplished flower painter working in Lyon in the early 1800’s and exhibiting at the Salon from 1837. Nicolas Sicard received his formal art training at the Beaux-Arts de Lyon from 1857. He was not only an accomplished artist but he also was an engraver. Having completed his studies and exhibiting at the Paris Salon, Sicard went on to become Professor of Art at the Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Director of that academy in 1894. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1869 and also exhibited at the Societaire des Artistes, Francais from 1883. Numerous medals were bestowed on this artist including an Honorable Mention in 1881, a Bronze Medal in 1889, a medal at the Exposition Universelle and the prestigious chevalier de la Legion d’honneur in 1900.
Nicolas Sicard painted genre and military scenes but it is for his genre scenes of children that he is best remembered. His work demonstrates fine attention to detail and conveys the atmosphere of these scenes in a sensitive and truthful manner executed like only the most accomplished of artists could achieve.
Examples of his work may be seen in museums including Beziers, Lyon, Niort and Saint Etienne.
This superb example of his work is presented in pristine condition in its original period frame and is signed by the artist.
1850 – 1920
Title: A Great Vintage
Date: circa 1890
Framed Size: Height 42 ½ inches Width 54 ½ inches
Pompeo Massani was born in Florence, Italy in December of 1850 and died on the 25th of August 1920. He received his formal art training at the Academy des Beaux-Arts in Florence, and studied with Michele Gordisiani (1830-1909). After having completed his studies, he traveled widely, and then returned to his native land to paint wonderful renditions of peasant life, especially tavern scenes depicting wine making and celebrations. Massani exhibited at the Salon from 1879 and also exhibited in Rovigo, Genes and Florence. He was awarded the prestigious Chevalier de la Couronne d’Italy.
Massani’s vast knowledge of figure painting is demonstrated in A Great Vintage, by the excellency of his figures. In this painting, each man is positioned exactly for the job that he is doing. This painting is busy, and splendid in composition, draughtsmanship and understanding. This beautiful example of Massani’s work is presented in pristine condition, in its original period frame and is signed P. Massani, Firenze, upper right corner.
This accomplished French artist was born in Bouches-du-Rhone, Marseille. He specialized in painting landscapes, portraits and genre scenes. Mayan received his formal art training with Gaston Saint-Pierre (1833-1916), Desire-Francois Laugee (1823-1896), Antoine Vollon (1833-1900) and Antoine-Auguste-Ernest Herbert (1817-1908). Having completed his studies with such illustrious art masters of the period, he went on to exhibit at the Salon and at the Galerie des Beaux-Arts. His work was received with great admiration and upon inclusion at the Salon, he went on to obtain an honorable mention in 1894 and a third class medal in 1899. He exhibited at the Societaire des Artistes Francais from 1890.
Examples of his work may be seen in museums in Cherbourg, Digne, Draguignan, the Liverpool Art Gallery and Montpelier.
This wonderful example of his work is presented in pristine condition in its original period frame and is signed by the artist.
EUGENIO EDUARDO ZAMPIGHI
1859 – 1946
Height 42 inchesWidth 54inches (framed)
Eugenio Zampighi was born on the 17th October 1859 in Modena, Italy.At the age of twenty, Zampighi won a scholarship and studied for three years in Rome.Being very successful in his yearly examinations, he became an Honourable Member of the Modena Academy.He spent the fourth year of his scholarship in Florence where he decided to settle in 1884. Admired for his genre and interior scenes in the 19th century, often depicting children, Zampighi’s work demonstrates fine attention to detail and conveys the atmosphere of these interiors in a sensitive and truthful manner.This charming example of his work is a true representation of 19th century Italian genre painting.Examples of his work are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Modena. This painting is presented in pristine condition and in its original ornate period frame.
SOLD EMMA HERLAND 1856-1949 Sur La Place A Concarneau Date: circa 1880 Framed Size: 54 inches by 62 inches
Best remembered for her wonderful renditions of the fisher folk of Concarneau along the Brittany coast, Emma Herland was born in Cherbourg on the 16th of February 1856.She received her formal art training at the Ecole Francais from such masters as Jules Lefebvre, Benjamin Constant and other painters of the plein-air school.Having completed her studies, she exhibited at the Salon from 1879 and also at the Society of French Artists from 1886.Herland was awarded an Honourable Mention in 1901.Examples of her work are exhibited at Le Musee de Saint-Brieuc. Upon observation, Sur La Place a Concarneau is painted in a fresh and spontaneous moment, achieved only by the most accomplished of artists.Sunlight floods through the market square, demonstrating the artist’s interest on the effects of light and colour.Herland pays great attention to detail, while simultaneously implementing free brush technique, superb in its breath of handling and brilliant colour.Besides being delightful in itself, this painting is a wonderful insight into a time long past, and it was exhibited at the Paris Salon.
ALFRED CHARLES WEBER
Title:“Kittens at Play”
Size:Height18 1/2”Width21 1/4” (framed)
Alfred Charles Weber was a much admired animal and genre painter.Clearly schooled to the highest standards in drawing available to scholars of the Belle Époque period, Weber subscribes to the figurative tradition and produced a considerable body of work predominantly in oil with the occasional watercolour.Not only did he paint wonderful animal paintings, but he was also highly regarded as a painter of cardinals.As with his contemporaries Brunery, Landini, Vibert and Marias-Milton, Weber achieved recognition with his highly finished interiors often depicting the Lords of the Catholic Church at unexpected pursuits, these became highly fashionable with the collecting cognoscenti generally and with the Americans in particular. A large number of his works found their way to America at this period and are still very much sought after today.
As with other artists specializing in cat subjects, including Henrietta Ronner, Julius Adam, Lucie Briard and Jules Leroy - all were painters of pets par excellence, international in their appeal and conveying all the charm of one of our favourite domestic pets.
This beautiful painting exemplifies the absolute best in cat portraiture - great care and technical accomplishment is evident not only in the anatomy of the kittens, but there is also sensitivity throughout.This work is presented in pristine condition and in its original ornate period frame.
The art gallery in La Harve, Holland holds a work entitled ‘Portrait of my Brother’.
SOLD ELIZABETH STRONG
Born 1855 Title:“Precious Moments” Date:1887 Size:Height61 ½inches Width46 ¼inches
This noted American artist was born in Westport, CT on Feb. 1, 1855. The Strong family lived in Hawaii until 1858 when they settled in Oakland, CA. Elizabeth began her art studies in San Francisco at the School of Design under Virgil Williams and, during her two years there, won gold and silver medals for her work. In 1879 she sketched on the Monterey Peninsula while sharing a home with her brother Joseph. Through the sales of her pictures of pets of wealthy patrons she was able to save enough money for a lengthy stay in Paris. During the next eight years there she had further study with animal painter Emil van Marcke. Returning to the U.S., she studied at the ASL of NYC under Wm M. Chase (1892-93) and then returned to Paris where she lived until 1905. While there, she ran a small school of her own and exhibited often at the prestigious Paris Salon. From Paris, she returned to California and lived in Berkeley until 1920. After settling on the Monterey Peninsula, she was active in the local art scene until her death in Carmel on Oct. 30, 1941. Since she specialized in paintings of animals (especially dogs), she was sometimes called “the Rosa Bonheur of America.”
On viewing this painting, one is aware of how exquisitely Elizabeth Strong painted with scrupulous detail, while portraying her subject matter in a sensitive and truthful manner.It epitomizes all the great qualities of a true master.One can feel the warmth and loveliness of the young girl sleeping and the joy the artist must have felt in capturing that special moment.
Member: SFAA; Sketch Club (SF); Carmel AA (cofounder); Carmel Arts & Crafts Club. Exh: SFAA, 1875-1912; Mechanics' Inst. (SF), 1875-79; Calif. Midwinter Expo, 1894; Calif. State Fair, 1894, 1930, 1935; Paris Salon, 1901; Berkeley AA, 1908; Sketch Club, 1909; Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909 (silver medal); Del Monte Art Gallery, 1910. Examples of her work are exhibited in the Monterey Peninsula Museum.
This painting is presented in excellent condition and is signed and dated by the artist.
SOLD FREDERICK BACON BARWELL Fl 1855-1897 Flitting Date: 1866 Framed Size: 42 inches by 55 inches
Frederick Bacon Barwell was an important English artist who specialized in genre and domestic scenes.He studied at the Royal Academy Schools and was much influenced by his friend Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1836).The two often worked together in Barwell’s studio, and interestingly, Millais completed some of his most important paintings while working together.After having completed his studies, Barwell exhibited widely in London and the provinces, including: the RoyalAcademy, British Institution and Royal Society of British Artists with titles: “The London Gazette” 1855; “Adopting a Child” 1857; “A Perplexing Letter” 1874. Frederick Barwell was greatly admired by both his contemporaries and critics alike, including John Ruskin, perhaps the most discerning of all, who described his work as “expressive and well considered.”Flitting is a superb example of his work, both in execution and subject matter.It tells the story of an English family “flitting” with all their family goods and pets.Painted with accuracy and enormous detail, it epitomizes the very best of Barwell’s work.
SOLD THEOPHILE-EMMANUEL DUVERGER Born 1821 A Helping Hand Date: circa 1860 Framed Size: 19 inches by 17 inches
Specializing in interior genre scenes, Theophile Emmanuel Duverger was born in Bordeaux on the 17th of September 1821.He received his formal art training at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, in Bordeaux and also in Paris.He exhibited at the Paris Salon between 1846 and 1882.His most important works were genre scenes and portraits of small children, quite often sewing or doing household chores and usually on a smaller scale, painted with scrupulous attention to detail.Recognition of his outstanding work won him numerous awards, including a 3rd class medal in 1861 and 1863, and a 1st class medal in 1865. Duverger’s paintings are extremely beautiful, portraying the effects of light and colour and demonstrating his artistic insight and delicate perception.His masterful drawing of children exemplifies his power of rendering life.The small children in his paintings are subtle and charming, conveying such truthful realism only achieved by the most accomplished of artists.A Helping Hand is a charming example of two young girls in a carpenter’s shop, onegirl fastening a pannier on a younger child’s dress.Reminiscent of a time long past, this painting is exquisitely detailed and represents the very best of Duverger’s work.Examples of his work may be seen in various museums including:Bordeaux, Chambrai, Glasgow, Hamburg and Sheffield.
SOLD FRIEDRICH ORTLIEB 1839-1909 Baby's New Toy Date: 1872 Framed Size: 35 inches by 29 inches
An accomplished artist who was born in Stuttgart in 1839 and died in Munich on the 4th October 1909, Friedrich Ortlieb received his formal art training at the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Stuttgart and at Steffeck, Berlin.He exhibited widely, though notably in Dresden and Vienna from 1871.He is best remembered for his genre scenes with children as shown in this finely detailed example of his work.Epitomizing the very best in this genre, Ortlieb depicts the character and personality of the children with accuracy and great sensitivity – a charming example with so much detail of a time long past-children’s toys, costume, etc.
SOLD THEODORE GERARD 1829-1895 La Regale Date: circa 1880 Framed Size: 32.5 inches by 40.75 inches
Acknowledged as one of the finest painters and engravers of the period, Theodore Gerard specialized in genre and landscape paintings.He was born in Ghent on the 9th of December 1829 and died in Laeken on the 3rd of July 1895.He studied at the Academie of Fine Arts in Ghent and traveled throughout Germany, Austria and Hungary, finally settling in Brussels in 1863, where he taught at the Academie of Fine Arts.He was awarded medals at exhibitions in Philadelphia 1870, London 1871, Vienna 1873, and Brussels in 1875. Examples of Gerard’s work may be seen at the following museums: Brussels Museum, “Village Fair in the Souabe”;Ghent Museum, “Here’s to the Pastor’s Health”;Courtrai Museum, “Artist and Study in the Country”; and Antwerp Museum, “Guests at the Ball.” Noted for his genre scenes of cottage interiors with children, “La Regale” is painted with accuracy and fine attention to detail, epitomizing the very best of Theodore Gerard’s work.It is presented in pristine condition in an original period frame and is signed by the artist.
SOLD JOHANN FREIDRICH ENGEL 1844 - 1921 All Aboard and Home We Go Date: 1877 Framed Size: 30.75 inches by 44.4 inches
This accomplished genre artist was born in Bernkastel, Germany in 1844.He spent his childhood in America and on completing his education, Engel traveled to France to embark on his painting career.He also studied at the Academie de Munich and on completion of these studies, he exhibited in Dresden and Munich between 1879 and 1884.Johann Freidrich Engel is best remembered and admired for his renditions of country life with children playing with animals.His work demonstrates fine attention to detail and conveys the atmosphere of these scenes in a sensitive and truthful manner executed like only the most accomplished of artists could achieve.All Aboard and Home We Go is a charming example of a time long past, and a true representation of 19th century genre painting.It is presented in excellent condition and is signed and dated by the artist.