Joseph Fricero (1807–1870), French

Joseph Fricero (1807 Nice – 1870 Nice) was a pupil of Paul Emile Barberi and of Ingres. Since 1825 he made a study trips to Florence, Turkey (i.e. Constantinople), Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Tunis, Algeria, Spain, and Russia.  Fricero finally settled in his native Nice, where he became active as a drawing teacher for the resident nobility (for instance, Princess Theolinde von Wuerthemberg or Duchess von Leuchtenberg), and gained an entrance into its circles. Moreover, Fricero became a regular guest of the Russian aristocracy living on the Cote-d’Azur.

In 1849 in Marseille he married Josephine (Youzia) Koberwein, the illegitimate daughter of Tsar Nikolai I. In 1850 the artist traveled to St. Petersburg, where he worked at the Hermitage and for the Court. After a long stay in Russia, he returned to Nice. His works are on view in the Museum of Nice and in St. Petersburg Hermitage.

Joseph Fricero visited Macedonia in 1847. On his way to Russia, he passed through Italy, Croatia, Serbia and Turkey. His visit to Macedonia is documented in the book about his life: “Joepf Fricero 1807-1870 Peintre Voyageur (Painter Travelre)” by Serge Romain.


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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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