Manuel Cusi y Ferret (Spanish, 1857-1922)

Revellers at the theatre

Signed and dated `M Cusi/ 1905’ (lower left)

Oil on canvas

32.5/8 x 23.1/2 in. (83 x 60 cm.)

Inc frame 37.1/2 x 28.1/2 in. (95.3 x 72.3 cm.)

Condition ; Oil on canvas, not relined, recently cleaned and revarnished, in very good condition, in a carved and gilded wood frame, a few chips and abrasions.

Manuel Cusii Ferret ( Vilanova and the Geltrú , 1857 - Barcelona , 1919 ) was a Catalan painter and portraitist. He exhibited at the Exposition of Barcelona from 1888 to 1911.

He died in Barcelona on 27 March 1919. Like many artists of his generation, his training began at the School of the Lonja de Barcelona. He then relocated to Paris and became an apprentice of Leon Bonnat, one of the most renowned painters of the age. This work beautifully shows the gaiety of the Belle Epoque. The subject  is possibly at the Lyceum, as we know there are other examples he painted at that location, but it could just as well be The Moulin Rouge or The Folies Bergere.