Vincenzo GEMITO (Naples 1852 - Naples 1929)

A Child on a Rocking Chair Sold

Pencil and watercolour, heightened with white gouache, on buff paper.
Signed and dated V. GEMITO / 1910 at the lower left.
204 x 270 mm. (8 x 10 5/8 in.)


Young children appear in a significant number of Gemito’s drawings and sketches, such as a series of sketches of two small girls, known as Giuseppina and Peppinella, in the Minozzi collection in Naples, or a study of the head of a sleeping, fifteen-month old baby that was on the art market in 1992 and 1994. The subject of the present sheet, dated 1910 and drawn in a striking combination of watercolour and white gouache, may have been a family member, perhaps one of the four children of Gemito’s daughter Giuseppina.

Kate Ganz, New York.

Katherina McArthur and Kate Ganz, Vincenzo Gemito: Drawings & Sculpture in Naples & Rome, New York, exhibition catalogue, New York, 2000, pp.46-47, no.20.

Vincenzo GEMITO

A Child on a Rocking Chair


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