Oreste Cortazzo (Italian, 1836-1910) A musical soirée
Lot 35W
Oreste Cortazzo
(Italian, 1836-1910)
A musical soirée
Sold for £55,000 (US$ 71,455) inc. premium

Lot Details
Oreste Cortazzo (Italian, 1836-1910)
A musical soirée
signed 'CORTAZZO.' (lower right)
oil on canvas
70 x 106cm (27 9/16 x 41 3/4in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    with Rayner MacConnal, London
    Private collection, UK

    Oreste Cortazzo was born Naples in October 1830. He started his professional career working with his father Michel Cortazzo, but after meeting Léon Bonnat in Rome in the late 1850s, he decided to move to Paris to continue his training in Bonnat's atelier. Most of his professional life was subsequently spent in France where he specialised in highly detailed historical and genre scenes, many painted on commission for the renowned art dealer Adolphe Goupil.

    His sentimental narrative compositions proved highly popular with the rising bourgeoisie and he exhibited frequently at the Salons between 1874 and 1885, and also at the Exposition Universelle in 1878 and again in 1889.

    An eclectic artist, Cortazzo was also a print maker and illustrated books by Balzac, Eugène Muller and Guy de Maupassant. Together with Lodovico Marchetti and Lucio Rossi, he also provided drawings for a lavish illustrated edition of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, published in London around 1900.
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