Franco Gentilini (1909 1981)
Original Lithograph, water colour and china ink. Signed by the Artist (lower right) and numbered 167/200 (lower left). Sold mounted and Framed, in a very good quality, modern Frame. Excellent Condition.
Measurements: Image: 38.7cm x 24cm (15.25 inches x 9.5 inches approx) Framed: 57cm x 42.5cm ( 22.5 inches x 16.75 inches)
This work was created by the famous modern Artist Franco Gentilini (1909 1981) whose work is present in many important public and private collections. Works on Paper by Franco Gentilini sell regularly at Sotheby's and Christie's at levels ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 (see Lot 79 "A Cathedral" sold by Sotheby's in Milan on 25 November 2003 for Euro 3,600 and Lot 157 sold in Milan on 23 November 2004 for Euro 36,000). Lithographic works, Serigraphs and Acquatinta Etchings are offered for sale by leading US and European galleries at prices ranging from $2,000 to $8,000.
PROVENANCE: Galleria F. Russo, Rome (as inscribed at the back with the Gallery's seal).
LITERATURE: G. Appella, M. Manno e L. Turco "Catalogo Generale dei dipinti 1923-1981" Edizioni De Luca, Roma.
Franco Gentilini (born in Faenza on 4 Aug 1909; died in Rome, 5 April 1981). Italian painter, illustrator and stage designer. He began his training in Faenza in the workshop of the Italian painter and ceramicist Mario Ortolani (1901 1955). After living briefly in Bologna (1927) and Paris (1928) he settled in Rome in 1929, first exhibiting his work at the Venice Biennale in the following year. His paintings at this time, such as "Nude", "Susanna after her Bath", 1929; Faenza, Pinacoteca Comunale, were characterized by an emphasis on tonal relationships and on the influence of the Roman School. In 1934 he began to work with growing success as an illustrator for the journals Quadrivio and Italia Letteraria. The contacts he established with Paris were intensified with his move there in 1947, resulting in three one-man shows at the Galerie Rive Gauche (in 1950, 1953 and 1957), and in his paintings he evolved a cautious balance between the representation and the disassembling of the image. Some of his best-known series of paintings date from this time, including his Cathedrals, i.e. Cathedral with Still-life and Dog, 1960; Rome, Vatican Collection; pictures of town squares populated by acrobats and musicians, and later female nudes and a series entitled "Mermaids".
Our present work "A Cathedral" depicts the type of church series Gentilini became well known for, in which he combined his traditional representation and his inclination to disassemble the image. --------------------------------------------------------------------------