19th Century French Hand Painted Cow Porcelain Painting Signed Framentin 1879
Decorate a kitchen wall or ranch house with this elegant antique cow painting. Crafted in France and painted on porcelain, the subject matter depicts a bucolic pastoral scene at dawn with cows drinking in a river with farmer looking on. The porcelain composition, set in a carved walnut frame, is signed and dated by French artist Eugene Fromentin 1879. The wall decor is in excellent condition with soft colors in the green, beige and light blue palette, and has wonderful details. Eugène Fromentin (1820-1876) was a French painter and writer, now better remembered for his writings. Fromentin, who maintained that “art is the expression of the invisible by means of the visible”, was much influenced in style by Eugène Delacroix. His works are distinguished by striking composition, great dexterity of handling and brilliancy of color. In them is given with great truth and refinement the unconscious grandeur of barbarian and animal attitudes and gestures. His later works, however, show signs of an exhausted vein and of an exhausted spirit, accompanied or caused by physical enfeeblement. But it must be observed that Fromentin’s paintings show only one side of a genius that was perhaps even more felicitously expressed in literature, though with less profusion. Dominique, first published in the Revue des deux mondes in 1862, and dedicated to George Sand, is remarkable among the fiction of the century for delicate and imaginative observation and for emotional earnestness. Measures: 23″W x 21″H.
|Dimensions||23" W x 2.5" D x 21" H|