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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTOR

Jean Discart
FRENCH
THE COBBLER
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 212,500 GBP
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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTOR

Jean Discart
FRENCH
THE COBBLER
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 212,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Jean Discart
1844 - 1944
FRENCH
THE COBBLER
signed and inscribed J. DISCART. TANGER lower right
oil on panel
40 by 50cm.,15¾ by 19½in.
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Provenance

Private collection, UK

Catalogue Note

Discart captures his subject, a cobbler watched by his companion, in a moment of rapt concentration, conveyed by his expression and expert hand. The craftsman is surrounded by objects and products of his trade painted in exquisite detail: all manner of babouche slippers, a pair of soft kidd boots, and his stitching kit. The result is a fascinating evocation of a Moroccan street scene, with references to the town's architecture in the form of the white washed houses and a magnificent riveted copper door.

Discart was born in Modena in 1856 and in 1873, at the age of seventeen, enrolled at the Vienna Academy where he was taught by the German classical painter Anselm Feuerbach. After Feuerbach retired from the Academy, Discart furthered his studies under Feuerbach's successor, the Orientalist painter Leopold Carl Müller, before settling in Paris where he made his debut at the Salon in 1884. Along with fellow Vienna Academicians Ludwig Deutsch and Rudolf Ernst, he soon established himself as a foremost Vienna-trained Orientalist painters of his day. 

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