Fine Art

Giuseppe de Nittis

Italian, 1846- 1884

Figures in a Parisian Park

Oil on canvas
14 x 24 3/4 inches (35.2 x 62.9 cm)
Signed and dated: De Nittis Paris 1867


French art market, c. 1920
Private Collection, Brasil, 1999
Private Collection, USA


Guiseppe de Nittis began his studies at the Institute of Fine Arts in Naples before moving on to Paris where he established an artists’ network fueled by galant soirees at his home. He socialized with Manet and Degas to Corot and Emile Zola. De Nittis won the award of the Legion d’Honeneur in 1878, nine years after he completed our work. He was an exhibitor at the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874, painting primarily park and landscape scenes around Paris, where our example was also created.

Our painting features strolling groups of figures, dressed to impress, revealing de Nittis’ familiarity of the better section of town. The luminous color, largely evident in the background, lend an aura of romanticism. The blended groups of figures on the left half of the composition further enhance that dreamy romantic ambiance.