The Belly Dancer c~ by Austrian Painter Hans Zatzka (1859 – 1945); also known as P. Ronsard, Pierre de Ronsard, or H. Zabateri and he signed many of his works as Joseph Bernard, J. Bernard, or Bernard Zatzk to avoid the penalties of braking contracts that limited how many works he could sell.
The Belly Dancer is a beautiful and colorful eye catching portrait of an enticing young lady in a belly dancer out fit dancing with garland of flowers.
As is the case with Hans Zatzka the colors of this image pop and the color combination is excellent as the emerald green background contrast nicely with her violet, purple and pink skirt, which transitions nicely with the light blue tiled floor.
The flowers behind her and on the floor accent the image along with a stringed instrument off the side of her right foot and a sculpted water fountain of a man’s head to her left.
This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.
Info Below From Wikipedia.org
Hans Zatzka sometimes been known as P. Ronsard, Pierre de Ronsard, or H. Zabateri, and signed many of his works as Joseph Bernard, J. Bernard, or Bernard Zatzka.
The purpose of Zatzka’s vast array of pseudonyms was to avoid penalties of breaking contracts which limited the amount of artwork he could sell.
This has caused some art databases to conflate Zatzka’s work under the pseudonym Joseph Bernard with the French sculptor with the same name.
Hans Zatzka was born on 8 March 1859 in Vienna. His father Bartholomaüs was a construction worker, and his mother was Marie Karpischek Zatzka.
Between 1877 and 1882, he studied at the Academie des Beaux-Arts, under Christian Griepenkerl, Carl Wurzinger, and Karl von Blaas.
Zatzka was able to earn a living through the production of frescoes for churches and other institutions.
In 1885, Zatzka was commissioned to create the ceiling fresco The Naiad of Baden at Kurhaus Baden.
Many of Zatzka’s works were religious paintings and altar pieces dedicated to various churches in Austria.
However, he is more known for his paintings of women, fairies, and other fantastical scenes.
Often, he would draw inspiration from the works of Richard Wagner and the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, several pieces by Zatzka were photographed and made into commercial and collectable postcards.
During the 1920s, Zatzka’s style became the decor of choice throughout Europe. In addition, the previous thirty years held a resurgence for Zatzka.