"THE COURTSHIP" BY CHARLES LOUIS KRATKE (FRENCH, 1848-1921)
In oil on canvas, signed lower right
Item # 605DSQ13A
A finely detailed work in oil on canvas by genre artist Charles Louis Kratke, the work is crisp and of excellent quality. It captures a subject Kratke was passionate about, the courtship dance of men and women during the mid-to-late nineteenth century. The present example depicts a young man approaching a pair of women, all of his attentions focused on the leftmost young woman with a fan in hand. The first leaves of fall are curled along the dirt path before a large marble sculpture and the pair of women, the background showing hints of a fine estate with large grounds. Each garment is perfectly and crisply depicted, the vibrant and cheery colors in harmony with the mood of the scene. It is an optimistic work of young love and the pursuit of love during a rich historical moment. The painting is framed in a quite early and probably original giltwood frame, crisp and incredibly complex. It is an absolutely gorgeous work for collectors of fine French genre scenes.
Measurements: [frame] 23 1/2” H x 20” W x approx. 3” D; [canvas] 16 1/4” H x 12 3/4” W
Original lining, under UV appearing to be free of any restorations. Losses to edge where frame rubs, tiny hole w/ losses at base of marble sculpture in background. Frame is early and probably original with some applied losses, cracking and inpainting as expected. The scene would be incredibly fine with some light cleaning and consolidation of the small losses.