Giuseppe Casciaro (Ortelle 1863 - Naples 1941)
Pastel, over an underdrawing in pencil. Signed Casciaro and indistinctly inscribed Costa(?) N(?) 15(?) at the lower right. Numbered 38 at the lower right. Numbered 42 on the verso. Stamped G. CASCIARO / NAPOLI in a circle (not in Lugt) on the verso. Inscribed No 45712 / 51 1/2 x 33 on a label pasted onto the old backing board.327 x 505 mm. (12 7/8 x 19 7/8 in.) [sheet]ENQUIRE
The Neapolitan poet Salvatore Di Giacomo, a close friend of the artist, chose to describe the pastel landscapes of Casciaro in lyrical terms: ‘A pastel by Casciaro resembles both Bach and Mozart; it is sometimes both tragic and profound, a moving Beethoven-like passage. This elegance is delightful: this spirit, this taste are rare: this pleasant and assured strength, it does not oppress you but it pulls you: and the voice of this lovely artist has all the accents: it has the ardour and the sigh, the impetus and the tenderness, a cry and a murmur.'