SOLD TO A PRIVATE COLLECTION, ITALY

 

 

A VIEW OF THE TEMPLE OF VESTA, TIVOLI

Signed l.r. Kaisermann

Watercolour over etched outlines

30 x 45cm

 

Provenance:

Anonymous Sale, Karl & Faber, Munich, Old Masters & 19th Century Art, 29.04.2016, Lot 266;

Private Collection, Germany

 

 

Kaisermann went to Rome in 1789 to work as an assistant for his fellow Swiss painter Abraham-Louis-Rodolphe Ducros. There he produced numerous views of the city and its monuments, in order to cater to the then-booming tourist industry. With more and more 'Grand Tourists’, from more varied backgrounds than their aristocratic and wealthy predecessors in the mid-18th century, Kasiermann responded to a growing demand for affordable works as souvenirs: These watercolours over etched outlines - a technique learned from Ducros, who produced similar pictures in collaboration with Giovanni Volpato - allowed him to recreate similar views more swiftly and in larger quantities than previous ‘vedutisti’ had been able to in oils.

 

Kaisermann's forte was views of the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine, much like his teacher Ducros; however, Tivoli proved to be a popular subject as well, and he painted numerous different aspects and sites in the area. A comparable work by Kaisermann of the town can be found in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (Acc. No. 2002.71.1). His works can also be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the British Museum and Tate Britain, London, among others. 

 

 

FRANZ KAISERMANN (1765-1833)

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