After a decade in a small village in the mountains of Grisons Alois Carigiet settled in 1950 in Zurich for the next 10 years. This motif, showing a female nude under an umbrella on a bench in front of a lake with sailboats likely originated there. Bright colors, especially the orange often used by the artist, create a warm summery mood. The loose brushwork slackens the almost symbolistic austerity of woman’s body which dominates the picture. This painting shows that Alois Carigiet despite his beginnings as a commercial artist and besides his fame as a children's book illustrator was also a serious painter who, in his always representational works, worked up the formal achievements of modernity into his own style.
The oil painting bears a small, nearly unobtrusive loss of the upper paint layer (c. 1.7 x 0.9 cm) to the nude’s belly. Otherwise the overall condition is good. The wooden frame likely the time, displays signs of age and use but is in overall good condition.
Alois Carigiet (1902-1985)
Alois Carigiet was born in 1902 in Trun, in the Swiss canton of Grisons and already in his early years he designed stage sets and costumes for a cabaret. In 1939 he began working as a freelance artists and illustrated children's books such as the well-known Swiss picture book ‘Schellenursli’. Furthermore, a multitude of wall paintings were created such as ‘Allegro Con Spirito’ from 1949-51. Carigiets works were on display at several exhibitions, e.g. 1948 in Solothurn, 1967 in Schaffhausen and 1977 at the Seedamm-Kulturzentrum Pfäffikon. He was also given various awards, amongst others twice with the Young People’s Book Prize of the Swiss Teacher Association in 1948 and 1966 as well as with the Grisons cultural prize. (fea)