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    Sale 2820

    Old Master and 19th Century Art

    6 May 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 170

    Cornelis Kruseman (Amsterdam 1797-1857 Lisse)

    Savoyards et Italiennes: the musical gathering

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    Cornelis Kruseman (Amsterdam 1797-1857 Lisse)
    Savoyards et Italiennes: the musical gathering
    signed and dated 'C. Kruseman ft 1840.' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    130.5 x 147.5 cm.


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    The artist Cornelis Kruseman had an award winning career in which he specialized in three different genres: religious works, portraits and scenes from Italian everyday life, of which the present lot is a magnificent example. After he had followed classes at the Academy of Amsterdam under the tutorship of Charles Howard Hodges (1764-1837) and Jean Augustin Daiwaille (1786-1850), Kruseman undertook his first trip to Italy in 1821 and would stay in Rome for three years. During this trip the foundation of his career was made. He became fascinated by Italian everyday life and espescially the 'Itallienes' he saw around him. From that moment onwards he would specialize in Italian subject matters earning him the name 'Italian Kruseman'.

    The present lot was made in 1840, probably based on the sketches he had made during his trip to Italy between 1821-1825. His experiences are also documented in his travel journal 'Aantekeningen van C. Kruseman, betrekkelijk des zelfs kunstreis en verblijf in Italië' (1826). Nevertheless, he could not forget Italy and returned in 1841, where he would stay for 6 more years.

    The present lot is one of the finest paintings by Cornelis Kruseman, and one can not overlook his sheer mastery. The beautifully executed textures and warm use of light is complemented by the carefully orchestrated composition and object array. The eye of the viewer is gracefully guided through the painting without loosing attention to the delightful details, for example the golden earrings worn by the female figure in the center. Another fine example of this type of work by the artist can be found in the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, titled 'Of one heart' (inv.no. A 1070) (fig. 1).

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's, Amsterdam, 24 April 1991, lot 71, as: Savoyards et Italiennes, where acquired by the present owner.


    Literature

    M. Roding a.o., De blijvende verlokking, Kunstenaars uit de lage landen in Italië 1806-1940, Rotterdam 2003, p. 53, ill., as: Italiaans tafereel; vrouw met kind, herder en visser 'Sovoyards'.
    R. de Leeuw a.o., Meesters van de Romantiek, Nederlandse kunstenaars 1800-1850, Rotterdam 2005, p. 160, cat.no. 141, ill., as: Italiaans tafereel met moeder en kind, herder en visser.


    Exhibited

    The Hague, Tentoonstelling van Levende Meesters, 1841, cat.no. 222, as: Italiaanse voorstelling: eene jonge vrouw met een kind, een herder en een bij hen zittende visscher, die zingt en op de mandoline speelt. Rotterdam, Kunsthal, De blijvende verlokking, Kunstenaars uit de lage landen in Italië 1806-1940, 31 May-31 August 2003.
    Rotterdam, Kunsthal, Meesters van de Romantiek, Nederlandse kunstenaars 1800-1850, 8 October 2005-8 January 2006, cat.no. 141.
    Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede (on loan, 1992-2009), inv.no. BR0806.