Théodore VALERIO (Herserange 1819 - Vichy 1879)
Three Studies of an Italian Peasant Woman
Pencil, brush and brown ink and brown wash, with touches of watercolour and heightened with white gouache, on light brown paper. Stamped with the Valerio vente stamp (Lugt 2476) at the lower left.285 x 427 mm. (11 1/4 x 16 3/4 in.)ENQUIRE
As one modern scholar has written of Théodore Valério’s drawings, ‘En même temps qu'un type, chacun de ses personnages est une portrait. La main est légère, les formes harmonieuses, la ligne pure autant que la touche franche et spirituelle. C'est une riche moisson pour la grâce comme pour l'étrangeté, avec la saveur piquante de l'inconnu.’ An important group of drawings by Valério - views of Hungary executed in 1851-1852, numbering around one hundred pencil drawings and eighty watercolours - was purchased by the State at the Exposition Universelle of 1855 and is today in the collection of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. An exhibition of some seventy drawings by Valério, many drawn in Brittany, was shown at the Galerie Pierre Gaubert in Paris in 1980. Among these was a study of a seated Italian peasant, which is very close in style to the present sheet.
Among the contents of the artist’s studio at the time of his deathThe Valerio studio sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot [Pillet], 12-14 February 1880 (lot number unidentified).