After the Festival (c. 1870) by Guiseppe Riva
Giuseppe Riva (Italian, 1834 — 1916) lived a double life as both a prominent lawyer in Turin and a prize-winning painter. His historical and genre paintings were exhibited in several national and international exhibitions, where he was critically acclaimed both for his painterly skills and ability to authentically capture his subjects. Here, Riva works in the notoriously difficult medium of watercolor to show two young women, who, exhausted from dancing, rest. The painting showcases the bright yellows, reds, greens, and blues of their provincial costumes.
Signed, lower left: "Riva Giuseppe"
16 x 26 in.