Lucius Rossi, The Physician's Visit - Original late 19th-century watercolour painting

An original late 19th-century watercolour painting, Lucius Rossi The Physician's Visit.

A beautifully painted rococo-style genre scene by Italian artist in Paris, Lucius Rossi (1846-1913). In this engaging historical scene, harking back to the high rococo fashions of the 18th century, Rossi suggests a playfully flirtatious narrative, as a gentleman doctor checks the quickened pulse of a stricken young lady. The theatrical and curvaceous ornamental style of the rococo interior frames the narrative with a sense of drama and romance. Lucius Rossi is known for his attention to detail and delicacy of touch, as well as being an excellent colourist - elements which come together here with great mastery.

On thin artist's board.

Signed lower right.
Stamped on the verso of the board '1640'.
Overall in good condition for its age. To the centre of the image, to the left and right of the head of the male figure, there is slight water staining. There is some minor toning towards the edges of the board, and small patches of abrasion to the far corners of the board, which would be covered by a mount. Additionally, there are some tiny scattered brown dots to the paper, which can only be seen under close inspection. Please see photos for detail.
34.4cm x 27.1cm.

Lucius Rossi (1846-1913) (born Lucio Rossi) trained at the Academy San Luca in Rome, living in the city between 1857 and 1859. He was strongly influenced by the Romantic painters, and also the Spanish artist Marià Fortuny. Rossi left Italy to settle in Paris in 1867, where he began to work as a designer for magazines, including the illustrated British newspaper ‘The Graphic’. In Paris he became close to the European high bourgeoisie; his commissions included a portrait of the family of William Waldorf Astor, now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York. He is also said to have been close to Count Tyszkiewicz, the great Polish collector and sponsor.

Rossi had success at the Paris Salon and for a time worked exclusively for the leading Parisian dealer Adolphe Goupil. Goupil’s strategy was to promote artists wishing to extend their audiences, and he encouraged artists that made huge historical paintings to start to make smaller paintings that might be reproduced as prints or photographs. This watercolour by Rossi fulfils this brief perfectly, its heightened detail and intrigue being eminently reproducible.

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Product code: JN-843

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