'Tuscan Pathway with Blossoms' Attributed to Elisabeth Chaplin (circa 1950s)
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'Tuscan Pathway with Blossoms', oil on board, attributed to Elisabeth Chaplin (c. 1950s). What appears on first glimpse to be a simple work of art becomes, on further assessment, a captivating, splendidly colourful impressionist piece. The powder-blue sky is the backdrop for a hillside resplendent in the springtime colours of blossoming flowers in pink and white. The intense light and visibility bring the Italian countryside alive. The pathway leads the viewer up the slope wondering what lies beyond the trees and over the hilltop and whether its view can rival what is in front now. The painting is in good vintage condition commensurate with age. Newly set in vintage-style frame. Upon request a video of the piece will be provided. Unsigned, however, attributed to Elisabeth Chaplin. A search of the Internet clearly shows some of the artist's paintings were left unsigned and / or not initialed. This work is undoubtedly painted in her very own impressionist style. Artwork acquired in Tuscany, near Florence in 2018. This gallery's own certificate of authenticity can be provided upon request.
About Elisabeth Chaplin: (1890 - 1982) Born in Fontainebleau, France but she lived and painted in the hilltop town of Fiesole, in a villa nestled in the hills that surround Florence. Elisabeth was the niece of French painter Charles Chaplin (no relation to comic actor and composer Charlie!) Her family moved to Italy in 1900 with her father’s work. Elisabeth lacked any formal training but wanted to paint so she began to teach herself. Despite her lack of a teacher whilst living in Italy she was able to meet up with working Florentine painters such as Francesco Gioli and the famous Macchiaoli - Giovanni Fattori. Elisabeth Chaplin was a follower of the Macchiaoli movement (similar to Impressionism) and began to adopt their style in her own work – but she didn’t need to sell her work to live – rather painting for her own interest and pleasure so she worked largely on rather large portraits of her family, friends, landscapes and farmyard animals in a style that was uniquely her own. She died in Florence in 1982 yet her paintings continue to sell robustly at the European auction houses and are widely collected.
Dimensions with frame:
H 73 cm / 28.7"
W 73 cm / 28.7"
Dimensions without frame:
H 55 cm / 21.7"
W 55 cm / 21.7"