Vincenzo IROLLI (Naples 1860 - Naples 1949)

The Head of a Young Girl Sold

Oil on panel.
Signed V. Irolli in red oil paint at the lower left.
Signed and dedicated [illegible] Amico(?) / Salvatore Petruolo / affettuosamente / V. Irolli / 29.6.941 in green ink on the reverse.
Further inscribed Dono al Capitano / Giovanni de Gaudio / 14 9bre 1942 S. Petruolo on the reverse.
303 x 240 mm. (11 7/8 x 9 1/2 in.)


This small, spirited oil sketch, executed with the bravura brushwork characteristic of Vincenzo Irolli’s technique, bears on the reverse a dedication from the artist to the Neapolitan landscape painter Salvatore Petruolo (1857-1942). A large painting of what may be the same girl, albeit probably some years older, seated in a chair, appeared at auction in London in 2004.

Given by the artist to Salvatore Petruolo, Naples, in June 1941 (according to the artist’s inscription on the reverse)
Given by Petruolo to Giovanni de Gaudio in November 1942 (according to the inscription on the reverse).

Vincenzo IROLLI

The Head of a Young Girl


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