Umberto Brunelleschi (France/Italy, 1879-1949) large oil on canvas painting depicting two male and female musicians in the foreground, playing their instruments, positioned alongside a mother and baby. The male musician peers directly at the viewer, while the female musician appears to gaze wistfully at a European village set in the center background. The baby wears a pink gown with coral hanging from a cord around its neck, matching the ribbons from the mother's white dress. Over half the background is dominated by a brilliant blue cloud-streaked sky. Signed in stylized lettering "Brunelleschi" and dated "1906" in Roman numerals lower left. Housed under glass in a giltwood carved scroll and oak leaf frame. Sight – 36 1/4" H x 44 3/4" W. Framed – 44 1/2" H x 53" W. Provenance: Private Knoxville, TN collection. Biography: Umberto Brunelleschi was born in Montemurlo, Italy, and studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence. He moved to Paris in 1900 with Ardengo Soffici where he soon established himself as a printer, book illustrator, set and costume designer. He worked for Le Rire as a caricaturist (often under the pseudonyms Aroun-al-Raxid or Aron-al-Rascid). He was also a contributor to many of the deluxe French fashion publications including Journal des Dames et Des Modes, La Vie Parisienne, Gazette du Bon Ton and Les Feuillets d'Art. In the 1920's he diversified into set and costume designs for the Folies Bergere, the Casino de Paris, the Theatre du Chatelet and theaters in New York City, Germany, and in his native country. In Italy, he worked for Opera Houses such as La Scala in Milan, and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence. He created costumes for Josephine Baker. Umberto Brunelleschi died 1949 in Paris, France. CONDITION: Painting is in overall good condition and is housed under glass. Craquelure and exfoliation to the green robe of the male musician and to the pink dress of child.
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