Vincenzo GEMITO (Naples 1852 - Naples 1929)

Study of the Head of a Young Woman Sold

Black chalk, with touches of grey wash, extensively heightened with white gouache, on brown paper.
Signed and dated V. Gemito. 1920 at the lower right.
430 x 575 mm. (16 7/8 x 22 5/8 in.)


In this large drawing, Gemito has extensively applied areas of opaque white bodycolour with a brush, to create powerful chiaroscuro effects. This is a technique seen in several of the artist’s drawings of the last two decades of his career.

The present sheet was one of a number of works by Vincenzo Gemito in the collection of the Marchese Filippo Eugenio Albani (1868-1940) and his wife Giulia, née Pignatari. The Marchese and Marchesa Albani lived in a splendid home on the Via Caracciolo in Naples, and were close friends of the artist, who drew a number of portraits of the Giulia Albani.

The Marchesa Giulia Albani, Naples
Thence by descent to a private collection, Italy.

Vincenzo GEMITO

Study of the Head of a Young Woman


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