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Italian 19th Century Impressionist Oil on Canvas Marine Landscape Painting



GAETANO ESPOSITO (Salerno, 1858 - Sala Consilina, Salerno, 1911), Marina at the Palazzo Donn’Anna in Posillipo, Oil on canvas, cm h. 35 × 55 cm - signed lower right: G. Esposito / Napoli This late 19th century oil on canvas painting, depicting a pleasant seascape scene with boats and architectures is signed lower right by Gaetano Esposito, a talented painter and a member of the Posillipo School. The canvas features a marina and represents a beautiful coastal scene of one of the most fascinating angle of the bay of Posillipo. In the calm blue waters of the Gulf of Naples fishing boats are portrayed, while on the left side of the painting stands out the famous Donn’Anna Palace the Mount Vesuvius in the background, completes this fascinating and magnificent view. Built in early 17th century in honor of Donna Anna Carafa at the request of her husband Duca Ramiro Guzmán Viceré of Naples, this wonderful castle in the bay of Posillipo has tested the technical skills of several artists, especially throughout the 19th century. Gaetano Esposito, in particular, was obsessed by the beauty of the building and by the legends that revolve around it. He decided to set up his own studio in the basement of the castle. G. Esposito joined the school of Posillipo and, as well as his contemporary French impressionist artists, painted a series of views of the famous palace, representing it in different seasons and times of the day in order to obtain lights and shadows’ effects each time different. The artist presents this scene with very delicate colors palette but at the same time impressive and of great emotional impact adding a great depth to the whole scene. The artist's impetuous and restless character is reflected in this painting as well as his particular method of work, characterized by the obstinate and almost maniacal fury in re-proposing, with infinite variations, the natural details of the real view always suggesting lyrical and unreal atmospheres. Since 1830 Posillipo, a renowned neighborhood of the Neapolitan bay, becomes a cultural center and a source of inspiration for many artists from different countries such as the British William Turner, the French Corot and the Russians Sil'vestr Feodosievič Ščedrin and Ivan Konstantinovič Ajvazovskij. Some incredible views of the Bay of Naples and its fascinating landscapes have been depicted. Among the best versions of this subject painted by G. Esposito it should be remembered, first of all, the one entitled Palazzo Donn'Anna in Posillipo (oil on canvas, 81.5 x 104.5 cm) presented at the National Exposition of Rome in 1893, with the title The rock of Frisio, and purchased on the same occasion by the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. A Marine Landscape of Naples Bay was exhibited and awarded at the exhibition of the Festa dell'Arte dei Fiori in Florence in 1896-1897 and bought there by the King Another painting that stands out from the previous ones due to the angle and yield of the weather conditions won the gold medal at the Universal Exposition of Saint Louis in 1904 Shipping complimetary. Please note the shipping delivery date may vary due to exportation paper's issue time.


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 13.78 in. (35 cm)Width: 21.66 in. (55 cm)Depth: 0.79 in. (2 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Late 19th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good condition and desirable original patina, interesting and stable cracquele in some points. Bright and Saturated colors. Unframed. We can provide new frame on request.
  • Seller Location
    Firenze, IT
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Galleria Antonio Esposito di Chiara Esposito1stDibs: LU95031313732

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