Julius LeBlanc Stewart (American, 1855–1919)
Gypsy Girl (also titled Spanish Girl)
Illegibly dedicated, inscribed, signed and dated 'To Harry [Henry?] *arson/Souvenir of/JL Stewart/75' bottom right, oil on canvas
45 x 30 in. (114.3 x 76.2cm)
Collection of Eleanor and Malcom Polis, Pennsylvania.
Plymouth Meeting Gallery, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.
Acquired directly from the above.
Private Collection, New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Ulrich W. Hiesinger, Julius LeBlanc Stewart: American Painter of the Belle Epoque, Vance Jordan Fine Art Inc., New York, 1998, Plate I, p. 72 (illustrated).
Few of Julius LeBlanc Steward's early works from the 1870s still survive. The present work is the second known painting Stewart did while working under Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta's (1841-1920) supervision, following an Oriental Still Life from 1872. As explained by Ulrich W. Hiesinger: "From 1875 comes Stewart's earliest known complete figure study, a canvas representing a young girl in peasant costume, the so-called Spanish Girl. It is a familiar costume piece suitable to a studio environment but already demonstrates considerable independence in its strong characterization of the model and vigorous handling of paint."
Sold for $25,000 (buyer's premium included)