Oil on canvas. Woman with young pages, lady-in-waiting and two greyhounds, in a landscape and drapery setting. Signed lower left
For memory :
Narcisse Díaz de la Peña is the son of Thomas Diaz de la Peña, bourgeois of Salamanca in Spain, political opponent of Joseph Bonaparte forced to flee in 1807 with his pregnant wife Maria Manuela Belasco, to hide in Bordeaux, where Narcisse Virgile Diaz was born de la Pena on August 20, 1807. They left France for England where Thomas died in 1811. His mother returned to live in France, teaching languages in Montpellier, Lyon, Sèvres and Paris. She died of exhaustion in Paris in 1817. Narcisse Diaz de la Peña was brought up by a Protestant pastor in the suburbs of Paris. He lost a leg from a viper bite when he was 10 years old.
In 1822, he became an apprentice painter at the Jules Claretie porcelain factory where he met young artists Jules Dupré, Auguste Raffet and Louis-Nicolas Cabat who would become friends. In 1830, through a Lille painter Souchon, he met Xavier Sigalon who encouraged him. Narcisse Díaz de la Peña completed his education at the Louvre Museum where he copied Le Corrège, Claude Lorrain, Albert Cuyp and Jacob van Ruisdael.
He was received at the Salon of 1831 with two Landscape Sketches. In 1832, he presented an Adoration of the Shepherds and Old Ben Emeck. Under the influence of his friend Raffet, he tried his luck as a history painter in the vein of Horace Vernet by presenting at the Salon in 1835, The Battle of Mœdina-Coli. Without resources and having given up his career as a ceramic painter, Narcisse Díaz de la Peña sells a rapid production at very low prices. He also practices engraving.
Painting in perfect condition, with an elegant frame.
Size 40 X 30 cm