Description & Technical information

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.’

Period:  1850-1900, 19th century
Origin:  Germany, France
Medium: Watercolour, Gouache on blue paper
Signature: Signed FHeilbuth at the lower left. 

Dimensions: 25.6 x 42 cm (10¹/₈ x 16¹/₂ inches)
Provenance: Possibly the vente Heilbuth, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 19-21 May 1890.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints