1875 - 1950
Title: "Elegant Parisiennes"
Date: circa 1900
Size: Height 33 inches Width 26 ½ inches (framed)
Fortuney delighted in "the people's Paris." As an artist who specialised in conveying the very essence of Parisian life, capturing the fashionable boulevards and excitement of the turn of the century, his work was greatly admired and collected. He studied in Paris and decided to exchange oil paint for pastel acquiring a greater sense of freedom in being able to draw in the medium as well as to apply colour. In pursuit of his desire to achieve an immediate impression, his precision of drawing has been replaced by a shimmering envelope of colour. Fortuney also had the Impressionist habit of painting a series of variations on the same theme, though movement was a general motif extending through his elegant café and race course scenes.
The influence of the great master Edgar Degas is evident in Fortuney's work and with this in mind one is aware of the enormous difficulties involved in working with pastel.
As can be seen from this superb example of his work, Fortuney was not only a master draughtsman but also created wonderful atmosphere through lively intricacies of colour. This work is presented in pristine condition and is signed by the artist.