domingo, 23 de septiembre de 2018

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Christa Zaat

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Etienne Dinet (French painter) 1861 - 1929
The Snake Charmer (Le Charmeur de Viperes), 1889
oil on canvas
176.5 x 180.4 cm.
signed and dated l.l., yellow oil "E. DINET / ...1889"
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Another of the prolofic technicians of late nineteenth-century art, Dinet was a French-born painter-illustrator, with a penchant for attention-seeking titles and striking technical effects are exploited in 'The snake charmer', an orientalist painting that doubles as a touristic postcard. Exotic in its geo-graphical setting and sensational in its subject matter, it further trades on scale as a strategy to arrest the viewer. The figures are large and brilliantly coloured, seeming to spill into the gallery space. The charmer himself is consciously that, with a toothy smile and 'authentic' costume. Also noteworthy is the treatment of bright sunlight which Dinet translates into broad applications of impasto paint with practised, not to say formulaic, ease. No real attempt is made to create a composition. Rather, the cropped casualness of a photograph is suggested.
AGNSW Handbook, 1999.

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