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Félix Cottavoz – Portrait of a Gentleman – 1856

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Portrait of a distinguished man. To highlight, the frank look and the fine features as well as the technique and the psychological representation of the model.

Cottavoz or Cottave (François-Félix-Marcellin); Saint-Julien-de-Ratz (Isère), 1810 – Grenoble, 1886. French portrait and genre painter. Student of Ary and Henri Scheffer. At the age of 18, Cottavoz was destined for an artistic career and took courses at the Municipal School of Drawing in Grenoble, directed by Couturier. Around 1835 he went to Paris and entered the studio of Ary Scheffer. He exhibited for the first time at the Paris Salon in 1841 and the following years until 1845, and again in 1884. Appointed professor of drawing at the College of Grenoble, in 1845, he devoted himself almost exclusively to teaching; however, his works still appeared at the Grenoble exhibitions until 1880.

Three of his works, Cherries (1857), The Donkey and the Stream (1866), and Portrait of a Young Girl (1884) are on display at the Grenoble Museum.

Source: Inventaire Général des richesses d’art de la France, 1892; Benezit Dictionary of Artists

 

Artist: Félix Cottavoz (1810-1886).

Signed and dated 1856 in lower left corner.

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Condition: Very good condition.

Dimensions: 61 x 50 cm. / 24 x 19 ¾ in.

Provenance : Nîmes, France.

 

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