Ferdinand Heilbuth (Hamburg 1826 - Paris 1889)
An Elegant Woman Seated by a River
Watercolour and gouache on blue paper, laid down. Signed FHeilbuth at the lower left.256 x 420 mm. (10 1/8 x 16 1/2 in.)ENQUIRE
It was during his enforced stay in England at the time of the Franco-Prussian War that Ferdinand Heilbuth developed a fondness for watercolour, which was to occupy much of his later career. An active founder member of the Société des Aquarellistes Français, Heilbuth’s work in the medium of watercolour was praised by one author in a contemporary critical appraisal of the artist’s work: ‘He had executed paintings in watercolor among the first of those who were not solely and specially aquarellists; his first painting in this kind is of the year 1864...In this material he found a scale of fresh and velvety colors which oil-painting does not yield, and fell in love with the method. Thenceforth he strewed abroad, by handfuls, a thousand little subjects, the delightful accidents borrowed from Paris life, from the adventures of the villeggiatura in the environs, that inexhaustible source of pleasurable scenes.’
Possibly the vente Heilbuth, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 19-21 May 1890.