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Michele Gordigiani
Michele Gordigiani, Page, 1890s, thin oil on canvas, signed

1890s

$10,975.87

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The scene is set in a luxuriant and blossoming garden-on which we can see a pergola vine training and an ionic column-outlined with fast and wide brush strokes of faint and pastel colours. In some parts of the background is revealed the preparatory layer, because it’s unfinished, but we can presume the presence of a light blue sky with some clouds, deducing it from a confrontation with the left side, where the sky was started. In the foreground a boy dressed up with a style reminding medieval echoes looks like observing a flower or a small animal that he’s holding, as the position of the fingers-that seems caressing something-make suppose. It's signed on the right side: MG. (Michele Gordigiani). The physiognomy, the expression and the hairstyle recall Edoardo Gordigiani’s ones, who often played as a model for his father. (for example, on the portrait with his sister n. 21 or portrayed while he’s studying n. 25 and 26. Also dressed up as a page of different centuries, n. 224 and 227. Cfr. G. BORSELLINO, Michele Gordigiani, Turin 1994). Considering the age of the boy, in its adolescence (Edoardo was born in the 1866) and the painting technique, less defined and more “Impressionist” and “macchiaiola”, we can suppose a dating to the end of the career of Gordigiani, around the 80ies of the 19th century. The purposely unfinished state seems confirming this theory, because it can be found in other works of the same period (for example in the portraits 145, 146 e 147. Cfr. BORSELLINO 1994).

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