Anacharsis Fourcade (1813-)
|Artist Name||Anacharsis Fourcade (1813-)|
|Title||Portrait of Afredo Carneiro da Cuhna|
|Description||This charming portrait oil painting is of Alfredo Carneiro da Cunha, Portuguese Journalist. Painted circa 1880 he is sporting a superb waxed moustache, pinz nez, flower in his lapel and small cameo on his cravat. A fine portrait by the French artist Anacharsis Fourcade who worked in America during the mid 19th century. A very rare painting by an artist emigree working in America.
Alfredo Carneiro Da Cunha (1863-1942), better known as Alfredo da Cunha, was a lawyer, journalist, writer and entrepreneur of Media, which stood out as one of the first historians of journalism in Portugal. He was son-in-law of Eduardo Coelho, co-founder Of The Lisbon News Journal, to whom he succeeded as Administrator and director.
Signed bottom left.
|Size||11 x 15 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a wooden frame that compliments the picture, 18 inches by 14 inches approx.|
|Biography||Born in France, Anacharsis Fourcade taught drawing and painting before emigrating to the United States in the 1840's. Travelling throughout the South, Fourcade visited numerous cities; ads in period newspapers cite his painting skills and offer painting lessons in the artist's “new and beautiful system of Monochromatic Painting.” Fourcade is known to have lived in Charleston, South Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina, and Louisville, Kentucky. In 1848 in Montgomery, Alabama, Fourcade married Eliza Ferguson, originally from Georgia. It is unknown if there is a familial relationship between Anacharsis Fourcade and artist Joseph Fourcade, born c. 1775 in France, who worked in New Orleans from 1818-1820 painting portraits and miniatures. This painting exhibits a composition and brushwork typical of mid-19th century France. In addition, the palette displays the monochromatic color scheme Fourcade described in his newspaper advertisements, with the chiaroscuro prevalent in French Romantic works.
Ref.: Alabama Marriage Indexes, 1814-1935. The Tri-Weekly Commercial. Wilmington, NC. February 19, 1847, 3. Karel, David. Dictionnaire des artistes de langue française en Amérique du Nord. Quebec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 1992.