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Helbing, Munich; sa vente, Liphiart-Rattshop, 27-28 mars 1931, lots 190-191 (comme Tiepolo).
Collection privée, Vicenze.
Collection Schreiber, Brescia.
Galerie Alain Tarica, Paris; d'où acquis en 1988 par
Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé.
G. Mariacher, 'Due tele giovanili di Giambattista Tiepolo', in Arte figurativa, novembre-décembre 1956, p. 40 (comme Tiepolo).
R. Bassi-Rathgeb, 'Alcune opere inedite di Fontebasso', in Arte Veneta, 1959-1960, p. 224.
R. Pallucchini, La pittura veneziana del Settecento, Venise-Rome, 1960, p. 156, ill. 403.
E. Martini, La pittura del Settecento veneto, Udine, 1982, p. 529, ill. 702.
E. Magrini, Francesco Fontebasso (1707-1769), Vicenze, 1988, p. 201, fig. 86.
R. Pallucchini, La pittura nel Veneto il settecento, Milan, 1996, p. 144, ill. 193-194.
Post Lot Text
Children playing with jacks; Two peasants with a child
oil on canvas, a pair
Francesco Fontebasso, a Venetian painter, pupil of Sebastiano Ricci and contemporary of Giambattista Tiepolo, is one of the finest painter-draftsmen of the Venetian tradition. After working on various palaces in Venice, Padua, and Treviso, he was invited to Saint Petersburg in 1761 to decorate the Winter Palace.
Known especially for his historical, biblical and mythological subjects, the artist produced very few 'genre paintings', which has sometimes led to their being confused with the works of Piazzetta or Tiepolo (in fact this particular pair was for some time attributed to the latter). With their sharply focused composition, freshness and generously applied brushstrokes, these works of great rarity have in common their warm vivid colours and an extraordinary sens of poetry. The expert on this artist's work, Marina Magrini, included them in her book (Francesco Fontebasso (1707-1769), Vicenza, 1988) in which she dated them to before his departure for Saint Petersburg in the 1750s.
The subjet of this pair of pictures remains a relative mystery; perhaps they were intended to be incorporated into a series of canvases with children as their theme. They are in the same format as a series of four pictures of children playing in landscapes (Children playing with a tambourine; Children playing with a dove; Children playing with a fan; Children playing with a mirror) sold at Christie's Rome on 2 December 1982, Lots 173 and 175, attributed to Domenico and Francesco Maggiotto (cf. M. Magrini, op. cit., cat. 113, 136, 208).