A Tender Moment in a Garden', by Federico Andreotti
A Tender Moment in a Garden depicts a romantic scene taking place in a park. It represents an interpretation of pre-revolutionary France, which reflects the largest portion of the artist's work. Figures are often seen in a sunny countryside enjoying leisure activities such as signing, listening to music, dancing or reading.
Andreotti's brushwork is precise and detailed, and especially visible in the figures and their costumes. He integrated the colour techniques of the Impressionists with the anatomical precision of the Academicians. One can appreciate his broad brushstrokes of lively colours but also his strong drawing skills, which the provide the composition with a confident linear basis. The tangible use of brushtrokes reflects an interest for painting de plein air, evoking the technical research made by the Macchiaioli group (often compared to the French Impressionists). The colourful palette perfectly matches the theme of burgeoning romance with the vision of a glorified eighteenth century.
A student of the painter and caricaturist Angiolo Tricca (1817-1884, who was close to the Macchiaioli group, Federico Andreotti begin his studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence in 1861, where he studied under the patronage of the history painters Enrico Pollastrini (1817-1876) and Stefano Ussi (1822-1901). He acquired a large range of abilities, such as oil, watercolour, tempera, and fresco painting. Later, he turned toward portraits and genre scenes. In 1879, he was appointed professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti. He received an important commission from King Victor-Emmanuel II of Italy and exhibited in Genoa in 1874, in Paris in 1877, in Vienna in 1881, and at the Royal Academy of London from 1879 to 1883.
Andreotti's paintings, which depict elegant furnishings, romantic costumes, graceful portraits and Tuscany's countryside, have enjoyed great success both in America and Europe as much for their charming compositions as for their often romantic themes.
Date: Late 19th century to early 20th century
Technique: Oil on canvas
Size: 58.5 x 73.5 cm
Private collection, Boston, USA
Acquired by Eliza Chui Gallery from the above in 2015
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
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