Lot 461: Everett B.D. Fabrino Julio (St. Helena)
December 3, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: Everett B.D. Fabrino Julio (St. Helena, 1843-1879, act. Louisiana, 1870-1878), "Life along a Louisiana Bayou", 1877, oil on canvas, signed, dated and inscribed "N.O. LA" lower left, 15 1/4 in. x 30 1/4 in., framed. Note: Everett B.D.F. Julio created a very small body of work as his life was cut short by illness at the young age of thirty-six. His grand masterpiece, The Last Meeting of Lee & Jackson, earned him fame and recognition during his lifetime. The painting was on almost constant display in New Orleans from 1870 to 1879, either in Julios studio or at the Wagner Art Gallery on Camp Street. The monumental painting is currently on view at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. In 1873, Julio traveled to France and studied with Leon Bonnat, considered the best colorist of the modern French artists. He returned to New Orleans in 1875, and in addition to painting, he arranged exhibitions of his work and of other artists, such as Richard Clague. The magnificent canvas offered here was painted in 1877, several years after his return to New Orleans. It is an extremely detailed and accomplished composition remarkable for its fine brushwork and accurate depiction of place. A bayou diagonally traverses the composition where two men ply the waterway with a skiff loaded with logs. In the right foreground, a men poles his tented pirogue. All along the left bank of the bayou, various goats and cows populate the scene, many finding shade under the moss-laden live oak tree. Their presence indicates the proximity of a nearby important plantation. All of the lush foliage is finely painted and juxtaposed against a brilliant blue sky. Julio paintings rarely appear on the market and certainly none with this complexity has ever surfaced.