Eugen von Blaas | THE FLIRTATION
Eugen von Blaas
1843 - 1931
signed E. de Blaas. and dated 1889 (lower right)
oil on panel
32 by 20 3/8 in.
76.2 by 51.8 cm
The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.:
This work is in very good condition. The panel has original horizontal supports on the top and bottom. The panel is flat and the paint layer is stable. The surface is varnished. Under ultraviolet light, although the artist's original paint layer reads quite strongly in some areas, the only retouching seems to be a few tiny spots in the left foot of the on the right.
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Dressed in beautifully rendered, colorful fabrics, the two women in The Flirtation laugh, blush and confide in one another, fully aware of a flirtatious suitor who emerges from the entrance of the garden in the background. Eugen von Blaas strove to capture the inherent beauty of Italian women with vignettes of their conversations in the street or courting with lovers. This playful flirtation is representative of von Blaas’ world of carefree, joyous young people.