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Federico Mazzotta 19th Century Oil on Canvas "Grandfather"


Federico Mazzotta (Italian, 1839-1897) A Very Fine Italian 19th Century Oil on Canvas "Greeting Grandfather", depicting a joyous grandfather enjoying the tender love of his two grandchildren, being kissed by his young granddaughter and his infant grandson who is seated on his lap, while under the watch of a mesmerized and pensive mother, with two dogs at their side, the smallest with a watchful eye aimed at the biscotti peeking out of the old man's pocket, within an ornate giltwood carved frame. Circa: 1880. Born in Naples, Mazzotta mainly painted genre scenes. He began exhibiting in 1884 and has several works exhibited in museums such as the Wallraf-Richartz in Cologne and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. Mazzotta is one amonsgt several celebrated Italian genre painters of the nineteenth century whose works attempt to capture the timeless expression of the happiness of family life. In 1884, at Turin, he exhibited: Un disastro and Un piccolo disastro. In 1886 at Milan, in 1886, he displayed Un trovatello and Il pomo morsicato, and in 1887 at Venice: In campagna. At the 1866 Neapolitan Promotrice, he displayed Margherita Pusterla and her jailer. Ten years later at the exhibitions of Genova and Milano, he displayed a Dionysius, Tyrant of Syracuse. he painted a La tarantella (1873) in Naples, and Il Sandalo (Neo-Pompeian) (1876) for the Promotrice di Genova His sympathetic observations of humble domestic interiors serve to celebrate the importance of simple, pure and joyous family values. Like his contemporaries Gaetano Chierici, Giovanni Battista Torriglia and Eugenio Zampighi, Mazzotta was keen to show that happiness was not dependent on material wealth, clearly portrayed through the cheerful healthy children delighting in simple yet joyous activities. With the grandfather, daughter and grandchildren all sitting around a barn table, a full glass of wine awaits while the obviously happy grandfather enjoys the warm and tender love of his grandchildren, three generations are literally connected in a frozen moment in a family's life. Literature: Dizionario degli Artisti Italiani Viventi: pittori, scultori, e Architetti., by Angelo de Gubernatis. Tipe dei Successori Le Monnier, 1889, page 291. Listed in Bénézit, Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs, Gründ 1976, Volume 7, Page 296. Museums: Museum Wallraf-Richartz, Cologne, Germany. Walker Art Gallery Museum, Liverpool, England. Canvas Height: 28 inches (71.1 cm) Canvas Width: 42 inches (106.7 cm) Frame Height: 36 1/2 inches (92.7 cm) Frame Width: 50 3/4 inches (128.9 cm) Frame Depth: 4 1/4 inches (10.8 cm)


  • Creator
    Federico Mazzotta (Italian, 1839-1897) (Artist)
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  • Date of Manufacture
    Circa: 1880
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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    A truly beautiful and very charming painting. Overall condition is very good with some areas of in-painting touch-ups only visible under ultraviolet (UV) light (See UV images). Great vibrant colors and expressions. Export authorization stamp in rear.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 36.50 in. x W 50.75 in. x D 4.25 in.H 92.71 cm x W 128.91 cm x D 10.8 cm
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Seller Reference Number
    Ref.: A1570
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