Francesco Paolo Michetti (Tocco di Casauria 1851 - Francavilla al Mare 1929)

Fields with Trees in Blossom Sold

Pastel, charcoal and touches of gouache on blue paper laid down on blue card.
Signed and dated 18 III 05 FP Michetti at the lower right.
301 x 445 mm. (11 7/8 x 17 1/2 in.)

ACQUIRED BY THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, D.C.

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Drawn in March 1905, this pastel landscape dates from the last decades of Michetti’s career, when the artist had largely abandoned the official art scene in Naples. His work of this period is characterized by a more muted colour scheme, at times nearly approaching the monochromatic, ‘almost as if the artist were thirsting for purification after the orgy of colours employed since his youth and into maturity.’

Among comparable late pastels by Michetti is a Landscape with the Sea in the Distance, exhibited in Rome in 2005, while a stylistically and compositionally related series of late gouache paintings of landscapes in the Abruzzo region was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1910.

Provenance:
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 8 October 1980, lot 436
Eric Holder, London.

Francesco Paolo MICHETTI

Fields with Trees in Blossom

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