Francesco Paolo Michetti (Tocco di Casauria 1851 - Francavilla al Mare 1929)
The Head of a Sheep Sold
Pastel, black chalk and touches of gouache on light brown paper. Signed Michetti at the lower right.527 x 438 mm. (20 3/4 x 17 1/4 in.)ENQUIRE
Sheep, goats and other animals appear in several of Michetti’s paintings of pastoral subjects in the 1880’s and 1890’s. The present sheet, executed with the artist’s characteristic bravura handling of a combination of pastel and gouache, may be compared stylistically with a large sheet of studies of goats in pastel, datable to 1886, in a private collection. Between 1895 and 1900 Michetti also made several photographs of sheep and goats, which he may also have used as preparatory studies for paintings.
Private collection, Chile, until 2010.