Etienne Prosper Berne-Bellecour (French, 1838-1910) oil on cradled panel painting titled "Orientation – Commandant de Chasseurs a Cheval __ D'Auvergne" depicting a soldier in uniform mounted on a horse, holding binoculars and peering out over a landscape, with a village or camp in the background. Signed lower right and dated "1906", titled in pencil en verso. Various numbers also written en verso: 11117, 4071, 1982. Panel – 18 1/2" H x 13 1/2" W. Early 20th century. Biography: Etienne-Prosper Berne Bellecoeur was born in Boulogne-sur-Wed France. He was a pupil of Picot and F. Barrias at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied portraits and landscapes, genre and military subjects. He was Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur and exhibited at the Salon of French Artists in 1900, 1903, 1904 and 1905. (source: AskArt). Provenance: Private Southern collection of Military Art. CONDITION: Cradled panel. Small (under 1") scratch at far right edge; some wear to paint along right edge visible when removed from frame.
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