The female figure became predominant in Zandó’s oeuvre from 1894, a year that marked a turning point in his career. The artist signed a contract with famous French art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, who insisted he produced more works depicting female figures that would satiate the taste of a newly enriched bourgeoisie.
While revealing the influence of his contemporaries - Degas and Renoir were certainly key to the development of his own style – La Curiosité holds the key to Zandò’s recollection that 'looking, listening, arguing, I was transformed like all other artists, from Pissarro to Degas, from Manet to Renoir; my artistic life was a series of infinite evolutions that cannot be analyzed, that cannot be explained… As for my technique, a very vague term, the one I used was my own, I did not borrow from anyone' (as quoted in Piceni, 1991, p. 60).
An almost identical version to this painting was sold at Finarte, Milan, on 19 October 1989. Although Finarte identified it as no. 708 of the Piceni catalogue raisonné, the archival photo provided by Durand-Ruel and published by Piceni does not illustrate the picture offered at Finarte, but the present work.
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