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"Barrhas the Bird Catcher," Masterful Art Deco Painting in Orange, Blue & Yellow



Bold and arresting, and painted at the height of the Art Deco period with many of the era's most characteristic decorative flourishes, this gouache by Cesare Bentivoglio depicts a king or prince on horseback, attended by a huntsman with crossbow, looking for birds to capture. The artist has richly finished the dress of the two figures with chevrons, zigzag patterns, undulating curves and circles, all in a bold palette of tangerine, cobalt, canary and gold. A tree to the right is drooping earthward in a stylized manner, and three Art Deco birds fly overhead. Bentivoglio painted fairly conventional landscapes for much of his life, but between 1925 and 1930 he painted a series of figurative scenes, like this, each of which explored mythological or legendary events, and all expressed in a strong palette. The painting is gouache on artist board and signed in the lower right.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Width: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)Depth: 1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1925-1930
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Painted area is in excellent condition; foxing throughout, and a variety of other spots and marks on the artist board.
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU865121964142

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