Enrique Atalaya (Spanish, 1851-1913)
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Enrique Atalaya (Spanish, 1851-1913)

Views of Parisian life in the Belle Époque

Enrique Atalaya (Spanish, 1851-1913)
Views of Parisian life in the Belle Époque
all signed, all dated, some inscribed (lower edge)
oil on card, all unframed
4¼ x 2 7/8 in. (10.8 x 7.3 cm.) (some portrait; some landscape)
38 in the lot (38)
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Lot Essay

The subjects are as follows:
1.A view of the Pont Neuf
2.A view of the Louvre
3.A garden scene
4.A statue of Voltaire before the French Institute
5.Monument to Victor Hugo
6.Figures at a lake

1.A family playing croquet in the park
2.Cows grazing in a field
3.Men at work
4.A couple relaxing in the park
5.A group of young men playing boules

6.A balloon seller
7.A group of women sitting in the park
8.Two women dancing in the park
1.Group of people celebrating in the park
2.Elderly women enjoying the day in the park on a Thursday afternoon
3.Long shadows on a tree-lined avenue
4.A throng of people in the Park
5.Waiting at a ballustrade
6.Figures chatting in the shade
1.A mother and her nanny in the park with a baby
2.A family day out in the park
3.An artist painting a portrait
1.St Cloud in March
2.St Cloud in April
3.St Cloud in August
4.Le bois de Boulogne in July
5.Le bois de Boulogne in August
6.Quai de Bethune 24 (Charles Baudelaire lived here in March 1842) Undated
1.A horse and carriage in a street in Paris
2.A group of people sitting in the park
3.A single person standing before a wood
4.A view of various monuments in a park
5.A small market in a square in Paris, an elderly women appears to be showing a group of people how to make something
6.Reflections in a lake
7.Workmen loading various items onto a boat
8.A summers day in the park
9.A performance in the park
Atalaya was a Spanish painter who traditionally painted Iberian subjects with fluid brush strokes and vibrant colours. Many of his works depict inn scenes and equestrian subjects. He exhibited his works in Dresden, Berlin and regularly in Madrid until he settled in Paris in 1876. It is known that he exhibited at the Exposition Universelle des Artistes Français in 1900 and each year thereafter until his death in 1913. Like Forain he had a skill for painting figures vibrantly, sketching his subjects with great speed and ease, only needing a limited amount of effort to convey the essence of his subjects. This set is a unique collection depicting daily life in Paris in the Belle Époque. Each charming work provides a snapshot of a carefree and perhaps happier age of innocence.

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