Laura Bellini – Portrait of a Man

Laura Bellini (Ancona 1915-Rome 1976)  Portrait of a Man  Oil on panel, 50.5 × 40 cm  Provenance: Rome, private collection    A rare work by this artist, considered one of the last exponents of the Roman School. Contributing to the Mayoral exhibitions of the years 1937, 1938 and 1940 as well as the Quadriennale of 1939 (Renato Breda, 1890-1940. Artisti e Mostre. Repertorio di pittori e incisori italiani in esposizioni nazionali, Rome 2001,…

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Alberto Martini – Vanitas with Self-Portrait

Alberto Martini   (Oderzo 1876-Milan 1954)  Vanitas with Self-Portrait  c 1920  Pastel on paper, 54 × 46 cm   Signed “AM ALBERTO MARTINI”  Provenance: Padua, private collection    Alberto Martini, the great imaginative designer and symbolist illustrator, who interpreted with aristocratic dandyism the figure of decadent artist, later recognised as precursor of surrealism, also experimented with more accurate and realistic visions in…

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Achille Funi – Self-Portrait

Achille Funi (Ferrara 1890-Appiano Gentile 1972) Self-Portrait  1942 Watercolour and pencil on paper, 380 × 310 mm Signed bottom left: “A. Funi” Exhibition labels on the back of the original mount: Galleria del Milione, Milan, 1942, 3069/3; Galleria dei Serpenti, Rome; Finarte, Rome, 1984. Provenance: Rome, private collection After the experience of Futurism, filtered through Cézanne and Cubism, he adheres to the general Return…

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Giannino Marchig – Portrait of the Painter Gino Parin

Giannino Marchig   (Trieste 1859-1933)  Portrait of the Painter Gino Parin (pseudonym of Federico Guglielmo Jehuda Pollack, Trieste 1876- Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Germany 1944)  Circa 1920-25  Oil on panel, 44,8 × 47.7 cm  Signed top left: “GINO PARIN ESEGUITO DA GIANNINO MARCHIG”  Provenance: Italy, private collection    Enfant prodige, Marchig trained in the complex and cosmopolitan Trieste of the early twentieth century at the ateliers of Gino Parin and…

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Vanni Rossi – Self-Portrait

Vanni Rossi Ponte San Pietro, Bergamo 1894-Milan 1973  Self-Portrait   1922  Oil on canvas, 44,7 × 34,5 cm  Signed and dated lower right: “V. Rossi 1922”  Provenance: Milan, private collection    Considered the last Lombard Divisionist, due to acquaintance in his youth with Alberto Grubicy de Dragon, who also supported him as a patron, with Carlo Fornara and participation in the Divisionist Group at the first Rome…

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Pietro Marussig – Interior with Masks (and Self-Portrait)

Pietro Marussig  Trieste 1879-Pavia 1937  Interior with Masks (and Self-Portrait)  1925  Oil on canvas, 49.8 × 44.9 cm  Signed: “P. Marussig”  Provenance: Padua, private collection  Bibliography: Alessandra Tiddia, Pietro Marussig, Trieste, 2015, cat. 410.    Internationally trained painter, Marussig studied in Vienna, Munich, Rome and Paris and took part in all the most important collective exhibitions of his time in Italy and abroad. Influenced by the Jugendstil – Franz von…

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Elica Balla – Inspiration 

Elica Balla Rome 1914-1995  Inspiration  1941  Oil and sand on panel, 78 × 60 cm  Signed bottom right: “ELICA BALLA”. Titled and dated on the back: “Inspiration / Spring 1941”  Provenance: Italy, private collection    Like his sister Luce, Elica carried in her name the futurist blessing of their father Giacomo, who in 1914, the year of her birth, introduced…