Armand Point (French, 1860-1932). Oil on board painting depicting figures on horseback riding through a quiet street, 1886. Signed and dated along the lower right. Much of his early works, such as the painting offered here, were Orientalist street scenes inspired by his childhood in Algiers. Point was a founding member of the Salon de la Rose + Croix. He was involved with the Symbolist movement and was additionally deeply moved and influenced by the Italian Renaissance artists Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.Sight; height: 21 1/2 in x width: 36 in. Framed; height: 25 3/4 in x width: 41 1/4 in.
Overall there are no major losses. The colors are bold and bright and the surface is stable. There is craquelure; there are a few spiral cracks.There is wear to the edges with areas of paint loss and chipping to the board.There a few areas with inpainting. There is a minute spot of in-painting to lower left quadrant. There is a horizontal line of inpainting along the front legs of the horse in the center of the painting, measuring approximately 1 1/2 inches. Due to the thick and uneven varnish i is difficult to determine if there are further areas of inpainting or restoration. Wear to the extreme edges of the painting, likely from the rabbet of a previous painting. A newer board has been affixed to the verso. Light wear to the frame.
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