Mid 1800's Dancer Oil Painting
15 September 2023

Step into the enchanting world of artistic revelation with a remarkable masterpiece that marks the inception of an iconic figure. This grand canvas, measuring an impressive 55" x 33", gives life to this beautiful dancer, immortalized by the masterful hand of A Le Cortez. Amidst a swirling symphony of vibrant hues, the dancer emerges, captivating our senses with her allure. Key Features: A Le Cortez (1810-1879) {sometimes listed as A Re Cortez} is a virtuoso of detail, meticulously portraying every nuance of the dancer's attire, from the intricate dress to the cascading tresses of her hair. Caught in a perpetual dance, her body moves with the fluid grace of an eternal performance. Her outstretched arms extend an irresistible invitation, beckoning you to join the rhythmic pulse of the music that animates her existence. Unveiling a Mesmerizing Chronology: But there's more to this captivating tale. This painting holds the distinction of likely being the very first rendition of the dancer, a portrayal that would echo through time. Notably, this beguiling figure found herself immortalized in future works by M. Bonnet and Luigi Crosio, with estimations soaring to $10,000. In a curious twist, these later renditions exhibit an almost perfect replication of the dancer, sparking speculation of collaboration or even the common occurrence of artistic theft. Both M. Bonnet and Luigi Crosio stepped onto the art stage either during the twilight years of A Le Cortez or after, hinting at a narrative where it likely was their brush that "borrowed" inspiration from Cortez's pioneering depiction.


55 x 33

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By Gregory
Sep 18, 15:46 UTC
Fair Market Value
$200 - $400 USD
Suggested Asking Price $350 USD
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Dear Harvey,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry. My sincere apologies for the delay with the appraisal.

The presented object appears to be a painting made in oil paint on canvas with 55 x 33 inches measurements. The painting depicts an oriental dancer on a rug. It is signed in the lower right corner A. te Cortez and was made in the second half of the 19th century during the artistic movement of Orientalism. Sadly no additional information for an artist with this name fitting in style and motif is given by reference books and databases.
Comparable objects were recently offered and sold on the international auction market.
This piece is in good condition and no severe damage is visible in the images provided.
A fair market estimation would be between 200 to 400 USD.
This estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparable items. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and may vary.

With kind regards,

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