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Francesco Zuccarelli (Pitigliano 1702-1788 Florence)
Francesco Zuccarelli (Pitigliano 1702-1788 Florence)

A wooded river landscape with a boy fishing and two peasant women, a village beyond

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Francesco Zuccarelli (Pitigliano 1702-1788 Florence)
A wooded river landscape with a boy fishing and two peasant women, a village beyond
Signed 'Francois Zuccarelli' (on the reverse of the original canvas)
oil on canvas, unlined
21¾ x 17¼ in. (55.3 x 43.9 cm.)
Provenance
By descent in a European private collection since at least the 19th century; Sotheby's, London, 24 April 2008, lot 106 (£54,500).

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Lot Essay

This exquisite example of Zuccarelli’s Arcadian landscapes evokes the Italian countryside, recalling the artist's birthplace in the spectacular hilltop town of Pitigliano on the Tuscan/Umbrian border. The sun filtered through the gnarled trees at right imparts a delicious coolness to the foreground, where two young peasant women chat by a stream and a boy fishes. Zuccarelli’s subtle, rococo palette and gossamer brushwork convey the warmth, sensuality and natural abundance of the country with a vividness calculated to appeal to the many Grand Tourists who hung his paintings on their walls in memory of their happy days in Italy.

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