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Monday, March 18, 2013

Arturo Ricci (Italian, 1854-1919)


The group of ladies wear sumptuous 18th century costume in a celebration of Rococo extravagance. Ricci introduces the viewer to realm of the fashionable woman where élégantes gather in the company of a suitor. Ricci was a Florentine and studied under Tito Conti, the Professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. Ricci was influenced in his choice of subject matter by his teacher. His figure scenes were often centred around ceremonial occasions such as weddings or banquets. He captures the exchanges of glances and gesture which so eloquently evoke the intimacies of domestic life The act of reading a poem or a letter had long been a favoured subject of the genre artist. It was an ideal pretext to observe unaware figures lost in thought, as they focus on the suitor, ignoring the presence of the viewer. At the same time such works invite the viewer to speculate as to the meaning of the poem by decoding clues such as the look of the ladies or their positions. Judging from their expressions and their attitudes, they seem amused and intrigued by him.

The Suitor

Entertaining in the Artist's Studio
A Game Of Tag
Grandmother's Birthday
The Concert Interval
The recital signed
Art Class
Interior with fine company
The Courtiere
The Wedding Feast
Fröhliche tauffeier
Parlor Scene lithograph
The Reception
The Wedding Party
Amorous Advance
The Game of Chess
The Singing Lesson
Love's Duet

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