Frederic Rondel Sr. (France/America, 1826-1892) oil on canvas oval painting depicting a dog with green blanket draped over his back, standing over an empty bowl. Signed lower left. Housed in a giltwood frame with incised spandrels. Sight – 23 3/8" H x 19 1/4" W. Framed – 29" H x 25" W. Biography: French-born Frederic Rondel was a noted teacher (his pupils included Winslow Homer) and a successful landscape and marine painter in his own right, who painted extensively throughout New England and as far West as San Francisco. Among his paintings were views of the Hudson River. Rondel's New England landscapes and paintings of New York City were ultimately influenced by the romanticism of his teachers in Paris, Theodore Gudin and Auguste Jugelet. Rondel was in Boston by 1855 but returned to Europe during the Civil War. He moved back to America to become a faculty member at the National Academy of Design, where he had become an Associate member. He exhibited at the National Academy, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and the Boston Athenaeum (source: David Michael Zellman, 300 Years of American Art; Edan Hughes, Artists in California Before 1940). CONDITION: Relined and cleaned. 1" area of overpaint above right eye. 1/4" flake to upper right quadrant. Overpainted 1/4" flake lower right quadrant. Craquelure throughout. Frame has losses to beaded edges and corners, and some scattered abrasions and wear.
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