Giovanni (Nino) Costa (Rome 1826 - Rome 1903)

Study of a Tree, with a Young Boy Sold

Watercolour, over traces of an underdrawing in pencil.
399 x 275 mm. (15 3/4 x 10 7/8 in.)

ACQUIRED BY THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, DC.

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Many of Nino Costa’s earliest extant drawings are studies of trees and plants, and he seems to have drawn from nature from a young age. As he once described his approach to landscape painting to the painter Giovanni Fattori, whose work was profoundly influenced by that of Costa: ‘First do a bozzetto di impressione from nature as rapidly as possible; then do studies of details from nature. Finally, sketch out the picture [abbozzare il quadro], remaining attached to the conception of the bozzetto, never taking your eyes off that eternal bozzetto.’

A closely related drawing of a tree, of comparable dimensions and sharing the same provenance as the present sheet, was recently acquired by the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware. A similar pencil drawing of a tree trunk, an early work datable to before 1860, was in a private collection in 1972.

Provenance:
By descent in the family of the artist until c.2005
Paolo Antonacci, Rome
Nicolaas Teeuwisse, Berlin
W/S Fine Art, London.

Giovanni (Nino) COSTA

Study of a Tree, with a Young Boy

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