Vincenzo GEMITO (Naples 1852 - Naples 1929)

A Seated Dog Sold

Black chalk and watercolour, extensively heightened with white and yellow gouache, over an underdrawing in black chalk, on board.
Signed and dated GEMITO. 1913 at the lower left.
580 x 405 mm. (22 7/8 x 16 in.)


This splendid large drawing is closely related to a monumental finished portrait drawing by Vincenzo Gemito; a Portrait of Laura Bertolini of 1913, today in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in which the same dog appears in an identical pose. The Portrait of Laura Bertolini, together with its pendant drawing of the sitter’s brother, dated 1914 and also in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was made for the Bertolini family, who owned Bertolini’s Palace Hotel, one of the finest hotels in Naples in Gemito’s day. Given the sheer scale of Gemito’s two portrait drawings of the Bertolini children, each of which are nearly a metre and a half high, it has been suggested that they may have been intended to have been hung in one of the public rooms of the hotel.

A large drawing of what appears to be the same dog, executed in black chalk and pencil heightened with white, was on the art market in 2008.

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 Giulia Albani.

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

Vincenzo GEMITO

A Seated Dog


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