A pair of Egyptian scenes, L'Elegie painted after Joseph Coomans (Belgian, 1816-1889) both titled and inscribed 'Florence, Italy/June 1895' (on the reverse) Made circa 1900. each 19.05 x 12.7 cm. (7 1/2 x 5 in.)
Joseph Coomans, from whose works these plaques are painted after, was born in Brussels in 1816. He was a student of Professor van Hasselaere at Ghent, and of Nicaise de Keyser and Baron Wrappers at the Antwerp Academy. From Antwerp, Coomans went on to live in Paris and then traveled with the French army to Algiers, spending several years in Africa where he studied the countryside and made sketches. His later and quite extensive travels took him to Turkey, Greece, the Crimea and eventually to Italy, where he became interested in the newly excavated ruins of Pompeii. Known primarily for his historical and portrait subjects, Coomans first exhibited his work in the Paris Salon in 1877 and became one of the more popular European painters with American collectors.