Inscribed with the title 'Mlle Jeanne' and dated '1901' Stamped 'Atelier Zandomeneghi'
Charcoal heightened with white on blue paper
326 x 197 mm. (12 x 7 in.)
A characteristic drawing by Federico Zandomeneghi, and close to many of his drawings1. The fine work of the charcoal in the present drawing is comparable to others in the 1988 exhibition in Venice2, also in this same exhibition catalogue are drawings of a similar model3, as well as postures4.
Zandomeneghi spent most of his working life in Paris, and was friends with some of the most important Impressionist artists working in Paris at the end of the 19th Century. He spent his initial training in Florence and his native Venice. In Florence he was acquainted with the Macchiaioli painters, and it was with ease that he met and became acquainted with the artistic community in Paris. He was friends with Degas, Renoir, Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec. Zandomeneghi was known by his friends as Zand. He painted some very Impressionist pictures, such as Le Moulin de la Galette. He participated in the fourth Impressionist exhibition, as well as the 5th,6th, and 8th. He also had exhibitions with the important dealer Durand-Ruel, though not until 1893.
Zandomeneghis pastels are stylistically close to the work of Degas and include predominantly figures, mainly female figures resting, seated or bathing, as well as the occasional still life.
1.E. Piceni, Zandomeneghi, Luomo e lopera, 1979, pp.11,13,15,17,23.
2.Ca Pesaro, Venice, R. DeGrada, G. Pavanello and F. Bernabei, Zandomeneghi: un veneziano a Parigi, exhibition catalogue, 1988, nos.101-2.
3.R. DeGrada, et al, op. cit., no.125.
4.R. DeGrada, et al, op. cit., nos.107,119.