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Tornabuoni Arte

Still life
Dunkerque 1835-?
Oil on canvas
cm. 116,5x88,5

Signed at the bottom right: 'Ben DAMMAN 1876' The fantastic Middle Ages of imaginary castles and Gothic novels, the eclecticism and extreme sophistication of a century, the Nineteenth, when people loved to surround themselves with beauty in every interpretation, are recreated in this fascinating painting. In an elegant composition, executed with admirable technical skill, various objects are arranged on an old coffer, including a Chinese vase containing inflorescences of swamp reeds and peacock feathers, a Persian carpet with geometric motifs, a casket full of jewels, a precious fabric in embroidered silk, a majolica dish of the Renaissance Valencia type, a Gothic statue of Madonna and Child, a Seventeenth-century sword, a Medieval crest with raised visor, a brass almoner and other objects. The author, as witnessed by the signature to the bottom right, is Benjamin Damman, a French artist who was an apprentice of Robert-Fleury and of Charles Walter and who made his debut at the Salon of 1868, to then continue exhibiting until the Universal Exposition of 1900 where he was awarded a bronze model as etcher. The latter technique was, in fact, the specialty of the artist, who adopted it to realize for instance the Portrait of Alexandre Cabanel (1884; a specimen at the National Portrait Gallery, London), or various engravings by Jean-François Millet. Some of his paintings are found in the museum of the native city of Benjamin Damman, Dunkerque.

Tornabuoni Arte