This monumental painting represents a view of Dinant, oil on canvas. Signed lower right and dated 1852.
Housed in a period romantic frame measuring 127 x 162 cm.
In very good condition.
Pierre Tetar Elven (born Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, 30 August 1828 - died Milan, 1 May 1908) was a Dutch painter of the 19th century, with a preference for architecture, landscapes, and Italian cityscapes (vedutas). He also painted a few genre pieces for French high society.
Pierre was the son of the painter John Baptist Tetar Elven (1805–1839).
Pierre began his training in Amsterdam, but moved to The Hague, where he studied at the Royal Academy of Arts. Pierre left around 1853 for Milan. In 1861, he was appointed court painter by Victor Emmanuel II of Italy. In 1866, he left for Tunisia and Turkey. He also lived in Paris. Around 1873, he moved back to Amsterdam
His works hang in Milan, Genoa, Turin, and Haarlem. The Musée de la Castre in Cannes (France) holds a few works as well, such as the Bal Travesti chez le baron Lycklama
This view of Dinant is of historical importance, since the city of Dinant was for 80% destroyed during WO I. Also in WO II Dinant was in siege fire. The bridge over the river was blown away just before the arrival of Erwin Rommel. For this reason our painting is indeed a painting fit for a museum also.
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