Property of the Descendants of Paul Durand-Ruel
Fille attachant un ruban
signed zandomeneghi upper left
pastel on paper laid on board
55 by 46cm., 21½ by 18in.
The artist's sheet has been fully laid on board, thus preventing inspection of the back.
The medium is strong and the support appears to be in good condition.
This work is in very good condition and is ready to hang.
Presented in a gilt frame, glazed.
We are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.
Durand-Ruel & Cie, Paris (no. 378; purchased from the artist on 30 November 1900); thence by descent
Enrico Piceni, Federico Zandomeneghi, Milan, 1967, no. 128, catalogued & illustrated (as La toilette)
Enrico Piceni, Federico Zandomeneghi, Milan, 1991, no. 128, catalogued & illustrated (as La toilette)
Fondazione Enrico Piceni, Federico Zandomeneghi, catalogo generale, Milan, 2006, p. 295, no. 433, catalogued & illustrated (as La toilette)
Paris, Galeries Durand-Ruel, Zandomeneghi, 1967, no. 13
Zandomeneghi is in many ways the 'forgotten Impressionist', having exhibited at four of the Impressionist group exhibitions in the 1880s. Born in Venice in 1841, he moved to Florence in 1862 and joined the Macchiaioli group with other notable Italian painters including Silvestro Lega and Giovanni Boldini. Encouraged by Diego Martelli, the art critic who championed the Macchiaioli, Zandomeneghi travelled to Paris in 1874 to view the Salon. The trip proved to be life-changing: what was planned as a short trip turned into a 43-year stay, until the artist’s death.
Capturing a tender moment between mother and daughter, this pastel has close affinities to the work of Zandomeneghi's friend Edgar Degas. It was probably from his friend that Zandò (as he came to be known by friends) developed his love of pastels and his compositional choices of women and girls observed unawares in intimate surroundings. He also admired the art of Mary Cassatt and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, whose domestic scenes of women and children had a deep influence. Appreciating the artist’s talent, dealer Paul Durand-Ruel bought the exclusivity to Zandomeneghi’s works, allowing his protégé to work freely without financial constraint and to develop his own aesthetic.