Oil on panel representing a gentleman playing the mandolin at home, or a musketeer playing the mandolin in an inn and being served a drink by the young woman on the left.
The scene takes place in any case in the 17th c., but is signed at the bottom right "V.BROZIK", painted around 1880.
Vaclav BROZIK, alias Vaclav von BROZIK, was born in Bohemia in 1851. Painter of history, portraitist, and professor at the Imperial and Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, he became an associate member of the Beaux-Arts de Paris, where he died on April 15, 1901.
A pupil of Emil Lauffer, he went to Dresden in 1871 where he met the painter A. Kowalski, left for Munich in 1873, then for Paris in 1876, where he married the daughter of the gallery owner Charles Sedelmeyer in 1879.
He was ennobled in 1897 by the Emperor of Austria as BROZIK von VALROSE.
(André Roussard: "Dictionary of painters in Montmartre: painters, sculptors, engravers, illustrators, in the 19th and 20th c.", Paris, 1999).
Signed lower right, good general condition.
72x61 with its frame.