Le Cascine (A view in the Cascine Park in Florence)

Giovanni Fattori

Le Cascine (A view in the Cascine Park in Florence)


188 x 205 mm; the sheet 223 x 135 mm.

artist’s proof

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Etching on zinc.
Servolini 87, Bonagura 1976, 93, Baboni – Malesci LVII.
188 x 205 mm; the sheet 223 x 135 mm.

This is an artist’s proof, touched in pen, of an early working state, so far unknown.
This state is before a lot of additions of etched hatch and tonal areas. The hatch at the bottom of the print has been drawn by the artist in pen and brown ink. It should be noted that in this proof, the composition relies on the subtlety and modulation of the etched lines, while in the final state the landscape is built mainly with dark tone spots. Printed on rough, wove paper of brown color.

The sheet has good margins and is in very good condition.
On the verso there are several notes in pencil by Fattori.

L. Servolini, Giovanni Fattori. 177 Acqueforti, Milan 1966, 87. M.C. Bonagura, Le acqueforti di Fattori della collezione Rosselli, Florence 1976; 93. A. Baboni, G. Malesci, Giovanni Fattori l’opera incisa, Milan 1983; LVII. A. Baboni, Incisioni di Giovanni Fattori nella collezione Franconi e Catalogo Generale dell'Opera Incisa Fattoriana, Florence 1987, 38.

Giovanni Fattori, possibly the most important painter of the nineteenth century in Italy, received his first instruction in drawing in Livorno. In 1846 he moved to Florence to attend the Academy. During the 1850s he joined the innovative artists, called Macchiaioli, who met in Florence at the Caffè Michelangelo and were champions of a new technique and style to contrast the conventional academic language. During those years, he still produced works that could be attributed to the historical-romantic school but his interest in studying from life also extended to landscape painting and the military life of the day became the subject of his first experiments in painting using the macchia technique. In 1867, after the death of his first wife, Fattori frequently stayed in the Maremma region, which became the ideal backdrop for his works. Fattori began etching in the early 1880s, when he was nearly sixty; quite soon he was able to appreciate the difference of expression he could achieve using this new medium. A real peintre-graveur, he improved with etching his research on light and essential shapes in reality.