Émile Bemindt

Two Musicians, ca. 1865
oil on mahogany panel
12 x 8.88 in
SKU: 12584c
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Émile Bemindt was a French artist active between 1859 and 1872 and is best known for work in the style of the Rococo Revival: During the late nineteenth century, there was a renewed interest in the Rococo and artists created new paintings like this to reflect the sensual images by such artist as François Boucher and Jean-Honoré Fragonard. In the image, two musicians play instruments in a lush garden. The woman, dressed in elegant silks, plays a cittern, while the man plays a flute. Behind them, a white classical statue, which probably depicts the gods Aphrodite, Pan and Eros, indicates the romantic connotations of this duet. The garden in which they sit as well reflects the sensuality of the scene, with the garden growing wild and untamed like the love between the two figures. 12 x 8.88 inches, panel 16.75 x 13.5 inches, frame Signed lower left Label for J.O. Krumbholz Fine Arts, Milwaukee on reverse Framed in an antique wood moulding with gold finish fillet and lip Overall good condition; some yellowing to varnish; craqueleure throughout clothing and hat of male figure; small scratch with loss, lower right corner.