Georges Manzana-Pissarro

Zebras at a Watering-Place

Zebras at a Watering-Place
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Author: Georges Manzana-Pissarro
Drawings, Gouache, watercolour and gold, 64.5x51.6 cm
Origin: France, Circa 1906

This is a typical and a most harmonious composition of the artist's early decorative cycle that was displayed at the Paris exhibitions of 1906 and 1907. The damped shimmer of colours reveals the influence of Paul Gauguin, though Manzana-Pissarro's perception of Oriental culture was quite different from that of the latter. The artist's taste and style were formed under the influence of his keenness on the exotic Arabian fairy-tales and sumptuous ornamentation typical of Art Nouveau. Thus his peculiar Oriental and decorative style is notable for a palette rich in gold and intricate arabesque outlines subordinating all the elements of the composition to their rhythm.

Style: Art Nouveau
Source of entry: 1934

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