Conrad H.R. Carelli, Valley El Leja, Palestine -Early C20th watercolour painting


An original early 20th-century watercolour painting, Conrad H.R. Carelli Valley of El Leja, Palestine.

This dramatic watercolour by Conrad Hector Raphael Carelli (1869-1956) depicts a steep and narrow gorge in Palestine, with an ancient cave evident in the rocks and figure atop the grassy outcrop. The painting exemplifies Carelli's loose brushwork and sensitive use of colour to capture the feeling of a place. Conrad Carelli travelled extensively; a similarly sized watercolour entitled 'The Dead Sea & mountains of Moab from Jericho' is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Signed lower left. Inscribed verso: 'Palestine'.
Overall in good condition for its age, there is a line of mount burn around the outer edges of the sheet, which would be covered by a mount. There are historic paper and adhesive remnants to the corners on the verso from previous mounting.
16.3cm x 12cm.

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: JL-457

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