Eye Candy for Today: Young Girl Carrying a Pumpkin, Fausto Zonaro

Young Girl Carrying a Pumpkin, Fausto Zonaro
Young Girl Carrying a Pumpkin, Fausto Zonaro

Link is to zoomable file on Google Art Project; there is also a downloadable version of that file on Wikimedia Commons.

The original is in the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. The museum also has a zoomable version of the file, but it looks over-saturated to me. The real appearance of the painting could be somewhere between the two, but given the choice between them, I feel the Google file is likely to be more accurate.

Fausto Zonaro was an Italian painter who spent a good part of his career in Istanbul. In this simple subject, he has contrasted the orange of the pumpkin against the background greens and muted color of the girl’s dress, but kept the contrast in check by adding the green area of the pumpkin and having the girl’s hand and forearm cover a good bit of the surface.

I love Zonaro’s painterly approach to suggesting the texture of the ground and the strewn bits of other plants.

 
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2 Replies to “Eye Candy for Today: Young Girl Carrying a Pumpkin, Fausto Zonaro”

  1. During 1888 in Paris Zonaro blended painting technique with French impressionism, Venetian colouring and Neapolitan realism. He lived in Istanbul/Constantinople at the age of 37 until 1910. He left because of the Revolution. During that time he painted 1300 pictures of the Turkish/Ottoman city that seemed heaven on earth to him.
    Beautiful Eye Candy. Thank you, Charley.

  2. Thanks for bringing this our way, Charley. I was struck by the similarity to Sargent’s Madame X with the garment off the shoulder. Completely uncontroversial here.

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