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Title The Offer
Original Translation l'Offre
Collection Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Blaas, Eugen von (German artist, 1843-1931)
Date 1887 (dated)
Signed yes

This picture and the accompanying canvas called Accepted were painted by the German artist Eugen de Blaas. He was trained by his father and enjoyed widespread acclaim across Europe in the late nineteenth century for his scenes of Venetian life. The artist was familiar with the Veneto, for he was engaged as Professor of Painting in Venice.

This picture depicts a young courting couple; a young woman sits on a wall and smiles coyly as her suitor proposes. The theatrical manner in which the artist presents the scene reflects the influence of nineteenth-century Italian operetta on his work.

Current Accession Number NCM 1899-8
Inscription front lr 'E. de Blaas 1887'
Subject figure; buildings and gardens
Measurements 88.3 x 57.1 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by T. E. Beaumont 1899.
Provenance Sold by the artist to Arthur Tooth; purchased from Arthur Tooth by Messrs Hildesheimer of 14 Silk Street, London, 1887; T. E. Beaumont.
Publications Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire Critique et Documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs de tous les temps et de tous les Pays, Paris, 1976, vol. 1, p. 59; Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery: Fine Art Collection Handlist, Nottingham, 1988, p. 6.

Related work, inv. no.: NCM 1899-9.

Both this and the accompanying work were bought by the artist's London dealer and sold on within a few months of their production.

Rights Owner © Nottingham City Museums and Galleries: Nottingham Castle
Author Dr Angela Smith




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