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PAOLO SALA (1859-1924) Italian art original watercolor on paper painting nuns chatting in a courtyard
Watercolor on paper, 12" by 17" inside the mat (29" by 35 1/2" as framed), the subject six nuns enjoying an animated conversation in an arcaded area adjacent to a courtyard visible through the archway, signed at lower left "P. Sala" (PAOLO SALA 1859-1924). The work is not dated but likely dates to approximately the turn of the century. The figures and setting are beautifully drawn, in harmonious and subtle colors. Sala was born in Milano and studied there. He was known to have traveled to London, Paris, Russia, and, it is said, South America---there being a work showing the South American pampas. Today oils and watercolors of Venice canals bring the highest prices at auction, though works of London are also quite sought after. Sala also painted genre works and scenery in other parts of Italy. He exhibited in most major Italian cities. I've seen some online information giving the date of death as 1929 or even the mid 1930's. There seems to be a lack of biographical information on the artist, but that has not prevented his fine oils from achieving over $60,000 at auction. Many of his works in oil and watercolor are widely reproduced in giclee and other media, and are commonly sold online. Condition of the work is very good. ALLOW FOR REFLECTIONS IN A FEW IMAGES, especially at top center in the first photo. It appears not to have been opened in many years as the wooden backboards complete with missing knot hole are still intact. The entire painting as framed with glass is quite heavy. The Victorian era frame shows some wear with some missing beading and other small losses. The new owner could choose to hang this as-is or could reframe in a smaller and somewhat less overwhelming setting which might be more appropriate considering the size of the actual drawing. .
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