Conrad H.R. Carelli, Strasbourg Cathedral - 20th-century watercolour painting


An original early 20th-century watercolour painting, Conrad H.R. Carelli Strasbourg Cathedral.

This sublimely atmospheric watercolour by Conrad Hector Raphael Carelli (1869-1956) depicts a procession in the nave of Strasbourg Cathedral, bathed in rays of sunlight shining through the stained glass rose window. The painting exemplifies Carelli's loose brushwork and sensitive use of colour to capture the feeling of a place. Stasbourg Cathedral has a special grandeur and magnificence, being, from 1647 to 1874, the world's tallest building. Carelli conveys this through an expert rendering of light and scale, and a carefully controlled palette. His pinkish tones capture the characteristic pink hue of the cathedral's sandstone from the Vosges. Conrad Carelli travelled extensively, including living in France, at Menton, for a period. Here he depicts Strasbourg Cathedral in the early 20th century before the Second World War, during which much of its stained glass was removed and the building suffered bomb damage.

Signed lower left. Inscribed verso: '25. Cathedral Rays of light & procession'.
There is some minor age toning to the far left margin of the sheet, and slight rippling to the heavy watercolour paper at the upper edge, which would be covered by a mount. There is some soft, oblique creasing to the right-hand side of the sheet, which would not be visible when framed, and a small crease across the far upper right corner of the sheet, which would be covered by a mount.
23.8cm x 35cm.

This watercolour forms part of a superb collection of works we have for sale by Conrad H.R. Carelli, predominantly depicting cathedral exteriors and interiors in England and on the Continent.

Born in London into a well-known family of Neapolitan artists, Conrad Hector Raphael Carelli (1869-1956) was great-grandson of painter Settimio Carelli, follower of the style of Pompeo Battoni, in Apulia, Italy; grandson of Raffaele Carelli (1795-1864), painter of the School of Posillipo; and son of artist Gabriele Carelli (1821-1900) who moved from Italy to London, where he married an Englishwomen and Queen Victoria became one of his principal patrons.

Conrad Carelli studied in Paris at the Académie Julian in 1889, under William Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury. The Carelli family wintered in Menton on the French Riviera, and Conrad’s father Gabriele died there in 1900. For a while Conrad lived and exhibited at Menton.

Gabriele Carelli travelled regularly and extensively across Britain and Europe, and to North Africa and the Middle East. Conrad shared his father’s love of travel and worked in a looser version of his father’s style, producing gem-like watercolours, capturing the look and feel of local terrain and architecture.

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Product code: JK-496

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