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Original design with theater character of a harlequin playing the guitar was executed by high-qouted genre, portait painter and illustrator Lucius (Lucio) Rossi (1846 Rome - 1913 Paris). Pupil of the Academy St. Luca in Rome, influenced by Fortuny, lived in Paris since 1867 and worked for publisher house Goupil and Co., Figaro illustre and others.. Our painting was painted by the artist in Paris also (on the reverse of the canvas there is a stamp of a Paris canvas producer ).
Literature: E. Benezit " Dictionary of painters, sculptors, decorators and etchers"(in French), Paris, 1999; Thieme/Becker, Leipzig,1999, Comanducci V, 1974, Falk, 1985.
Inscription: signed lower left.
Technique: watercolour on paper. Matted and framed in original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 6 2/3" x h 11 2/3" ( 17 x 29,5 cm), matted and framed w 15 3/4 x h 20 7/8" (40 x 53 cm).
Condition: in good condition.