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PROPERTY FROM A DUTCH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Vittorio Corcos
ITALIAN
GIRL WITH HUMMINGBIRDS
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT
56

PROPERTY FROM A DUTCH PRIVATE COLLECTION

Vittorio Corcos
ITALIAN
GIRL WITH HUMMINGBIRDS
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Paintings

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Vittorio Corcos
1859 - 1933
ITALIAN
GIRL WITH HUMMINGBIRDS
signed and dated V. Corcos / 83 lower right
oil on canvas
106.5 by 61cm., 42 by 24in.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Ilaria Taddei.

Provenance

Acquired by the family of the present owners in Italy before 1934; thence by descent
 

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1883 during his stay in Paris, the present work showcases Corcos’s skill at his finely painted depictions of beautiful aristocratic women, an undisputed talent which gained him the reputation of peintres des jolies femmes.

All the elements depicted in Girl with Hummingbirds have been cleverly chosen by the artist to display the sitter’s social status, from the exquisite japoniste wallpaper to the two colourful hummingbirds flying around her feathered fan. Native of South America, hummingbirds became popular among the nineteenth century upper class who started collecting them and incorporating their feathers into luxurious jewellery. The artist’s ability at reproducing the variety of fabrics in the room - from the satin dress, to the chiffon stole covering the woman’s shoulders – is a trait of his later portraits as much as of Parisian works.

Encouraged by the artist Domenico Morelli to move to Paris, upon his arrival in the French capital Corcos quickly introduced himself to the Italian expatriate artists Giuseppe de Nittis and Giovanni Boldini, both of whom would influence him greatly. However, what differentiated him from his compatriots were elements of symbolism which soon started to appear in his work and which somehow reflected a fin de siecle mood being inspired by Italian intellectuals within his circle, including Gabriele D’Annunzio.

19th Century European Paintings

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