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Allegory Of Love Oil On Canvas Northern Europe 17th 18th Century
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ARARPI0097148

Allegory Of Love Oil On Canvas Northern Europe 17th 18th Century

ARARPI0097148

Allegory Of Love Oil On Canvas Northern Europe 17th 18th Century

Oil on canvas. North-European School. This is a funny allegorical scene of profane love, that wants to prove how everyone, of any social class and every age, can fall into the trap of falling in love. The background of the canvas is occupied by an enormous keepnet, the basket net used in some kinds of fishing, above its opening sits a putto playing the violin; the keepnet is crowded with couples, while a parade of other couples walks in front of them to reach the entrance. Between them, there are couples of old and young people, rich and poor people, nobles, bourgeois and proletarians. Everyone has a content and light expression, they share looks of love or they benevolently look at the happiness of the others. Inside the keepnet, there is even a couple of royals, that correspond, for their features and clothing, to the Elector Palatine of Rhineland, John William of the Palatinate-Neuburg and his second wife Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici. On the back of the painting, there is a label bearing a historical attribution to Jan Frans Douven (1656-1727), the Dutch artist who moved to Düsseldorf in 1682 as the official painter at the Court of the Elector Palatine of Rhineland, mostly representing scenes of the daily life of the prince and his second wife. The label would confirm the scope of the attribution to an artist of the 17th-18th century in Northern Europe. The painting comes from a historical collection in Milan. It shows some traces of restorations and a patch. Frame in style.

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Xavier Bueno
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Xavier Bueno

Boy, 1966

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Xavier Bueno

Boy, 1966

Oil on canvas cardboard. Signed lower left. Further signature, date and title on the back. After his childhood spent in Spain, his native country, Geneva and Paris, in 1940 Xavier Bueno moved to Italy, in Fiesole, where he joined the group of "Modern Painters of Reality" with his brother Antonio, Pietro Annigoni and Gregorio Sciltian. , whose manifesto proposed an "objective" observation of the truth, of nature and its faithful reproduction as possible. The experience of the Spanish civil war first and then the Italian one increasingly directed the artist towards a realism linked to reasons of strong social content. 1953 represented an important turning point for Xavier's career: it was the year of his explicit adherence to the poetics of socialist realism, an adhesion that came after a personal itinerary that saw him practicing "committed" painting since the pre-war period, with a clear advance on art of the Italian left. Another fundamental stage in Xavier's career was the trip to Brazil in 1954: the artist returned from this experience full of enthusiasm and with a series of inks whose main protagonists are children, teenagers, laborers. From this moment on, the theme of childhood became more and more recurrent, little by little the characters were depicted motionless, in a sort of unreal fog, devoid of even depth, of perspective rigor, in which they emerge as evoked. The work presented here belongs to this production. Between 1959 and 1964 Xavier created the cycle of "Children", suffering images and melancholy symbolic works of a humiliated and oppressed humanity, which the artist presented at the "España libre" exhibition. His technique also underwent an evolution, which led him to seek a thickening of the material, thickened by the addition of sand to the paint; the use of collage, already experimented by him in still lifes, became conspicuous also in the figurative-portraiture field. The material of his paintings became such as to come to define them "fresco on canvas". Work presented in frame.

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