Antique Pair Oil on Canvas Seascape Paintings Gustave De Bréanski 19th Century
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One painting features a fishing boat in choppy waters, the other a fishing boat unloading the catch
The artist has used a very delicate palette of colours and has succeeded in adding some mystery to the scenes.
Several examples of his work have sold at top auction houses:
Sold at Christies South Kensington London, 17 March 2010:
Victorian and British Impressionist Pictures
Gustave De Bréanski (1856-1898)
The incoming tide; and Catching the breeze
Price realised GBP 6,800 including buyers premium
In really excellent condition the paintings and frames having been beautifully cleaned, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 76 x Width 106 x Depth 5 - Frame
Height 60 x Width 90 - Canvas
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 6 inches x Width 3 feet, 6 inches x Depth 2 inches - Frame
Height 2 feet x Width 2 feet, 11 inches - Canvas
Gustave de Breanski’s name, like that of his older brother Alfred, is synonymous with attractive landscapes and coastal scenes. The de Breanskis were prolific painters who described themselves as landscape artists, but in Gustave’s case the majority of his work is made up of seascapes and inshore scenes. All seven of his Royal Academy exhibits between 1878 and 1887 consisted primarily of marine views.
Gustave’s style is much broader and more impressionistic than that of his brother. His paintings, often featuring fishing boats and other working craft, convey a maritime realism that is both distinctive and widely appealing. His proficiency with a color is excellent, and his composition shows an adeptness at both balance and perspective.
A strong supporter of the Suffolk Street Galleries, the artist exhibited some 51 canvases there throughout his career. Today, paintings by Gustave de Breanski are gaining in popularity among discerning collectors and are considered quite reasonably priced in the fine art market.
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
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