1877 FRENCH OPERA ANTIQUE LOUVRE PORTRAIT PARIS SALON
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FROM THE PARIS SALON & LOUVRE! PRE-1900 PORTRAIT FROM BIZET'S "CARMEN" OF WELL KNOWN FAMOUS FRENCH OPERA, ARTIST, CELEBERITY CELESTE GALLI-MARIE BY PIOT-NORMAND, Alexandre(?-1902)
Listed for your consideration is a spectacular large ornate framed antique oil on canvas painting. This pre-1900 oil on canvas portrait of a beautiful young Galli Marie could not be more breathtaking! Bizet's world famous opera "Carmen" is still preformed to date. Piot-Normand Alexandre painted the "famous" French ranging from well known scholar & bibliothique, Leon Renier, to this magnificent portrait of Galli Marie, signed & dated 1877. This painting, a very rare historical piece was displayed in the Paris Salon (reference#1559) stamped on the back of the canvas this painting was proudly displayed amongst only the highest regarded artists of the era in what was known as the Palace of the Louvre, now known as the Museum of the Louvre. This portrait graced the walls of the Louvre in it's prime, Piot-Normand & Edgar Degas spent time & often ate breakfast together with other artists & musicians in a small restaurant on the rue de la Tour-d'Auvergne run by Mother Lefebvre, (Souquet, Piot-Normand, and Pillat, also boarded in this building where the restaurant was) . . Degas had front row seats at the opera & it is clear in this circle that these famous men both enjoyed the art of music & expressed it in their artworks. The detailed pictures below speak for themselves. The detail is extraordinary of both the portrait as well as the massively heavy gold gilded period frame. There is some crazing throughout the painting, the condition is spectacular, for the age of this piece! The frame has stress cracks shown in the detailed photos that would be considered as normal wear from age. A very rare chance to own a painting of this calibre that once graced the walls of the LOUVRE! The handsome wide ornate frame shown IS included.
Do not let this gorgeous museum quality masterpiece painting slip away from you, bid with confidence to win!!! Oil on canvas measures an overall unframed size of approx. 18" X 23", front image view in oval is 18"X 22". The MASSIVE & very heavy frame shown makes the overall size approx 30.5" X 35" & 5" deep.