In the present painting Zonaro captures a daily-scene set on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus in Üsküdar (Scutari). A group of fishermen are mending their nets and fishing. The soft light and the beautiful nuances of the sky suggest that the scene is set at the end of the day. Executed with a profoundly Impressionist en-plein-air technique, the present lot is characterised by a palette of blues, creamy and pink tones.
Few cities have been served so faithfully by an artist as Istanbul by Zonaro. Between his arrival in the city in 1891 to his departure in 1910, he painted over a thousand pictures of the city. Zonaro was primarily a painter of modern Turkish life, and his aim was to record the daily activities and traditions of the Turkish people, rendered in the peculiar light of Constantinople and the Bosphorus.
The present lot has been authenticated by Professor Cesare Mario Trevigne, the artist's great-grandson, and is sold with a letter dated 29 November 2015. It will be included in Professor Trevigne's archive under the title Pescatori a Scutari d'Asia 2.