Pencil on paper - Costetti stamp on the sheet
|Condition:||Overall in good condition with traces of ageing|
|Title of artwork:||Casa con torretta|
|Sold with frame:||Yes|
Beautiful drawing by Costetti Romeo (Reggio Emilia 1871-1957)
Technique: Pencil on paper
Condition: good overall condition, with signs of wear. There are two small stains, I think of colour, in the middle, but this does not diminish or affect its beauty (see photo)
Size: 19 x 15.5 cm, with frame 48 x 37 cm The frame has some small marks on the right side (see photo)
Costetti Romeo was an artist specialised in engraving techniques, with a constant interest for rural and industrial themes, according to a perspective that is closely linked to the social realism of the nineteenth-century
Romeo, Costetti was born in Reggio Emilia on August 27
1871. He completed his first studies in Bologna, where his family had moved and then went to Naples in 1886, where he followed the drawing classes of Domenico Morelli.
He stayed there a few years, then returned to Reggio, where his family had returned. In 1899 he went to Paris where he encountered the most advanced experiences of European culture: he was joined the following year by his brother Giovanni.
Then an intense period of travelling began: Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and, influenced by Nordic symbolism, he devoted himself mainly to the human figure and to portraits.
During the Venice Biennale of 1905 he exhibited Ritratto della signora M. and at the IX Biennale of 1910, another portrait, Contessa e contessina Mataroli.
Subsequently he began to work with the monotype technique (print painting process, obtained from a matrix with various colours) and he joined the Roman scene influenced, in those years, by new German and Austrian experiences; in 1913 he participated in the I Esposizione della Secessione romana and was with the group also the following year, for a second exhibition that also saw the participation of his brother.
Also in 1914, he organised with the same group an exhibition at the Museo civico di Reggio Emilia in which Giovanni exhibited seventeen engravings and he exhibited some monotypes.
In 1919 he competed for the Ussi prize, in Florence, with Terra tosca.
He presented more monotypes at the Roman Biennale of 1921: unlike his brother, he actively participated in the cultural debate of those years, Romeo perfected his technique in a quite commercial and mannered production.
In 1922, he presented four oils and ten temperas at the Primaverile fiorentina: recurrent subjects were portraits, sketches of small towns, animals.
He gradually drew his attention more to this last subject. He exhibited four monotypes of animals at the Paris exhibition of 1930, three oils of the same subject to the Rome quadrennial of 1931, in addition to a landscape.
In 1932 he presented an oil and a drawing to the fascist III Mostra del Sindacato fascista delle belle arti del Lazio.
Still in 1932 he held a solo exhibition at the Scopinich Gallery in Milan showed the two currents of the monotype technique: the more intimate one of rural landscapes and the more mundane and mannerist one of the Venetian Carnival; other oils were devoted to Roman villas.
He exhibited at the 19th Venice Biennale in 1934, at the Galleria Dedalo of Milan, with his son Massimo, two years later, and in 1939 and 1943 at the II and IV Quadriennale romana still with portraits and landscapes.
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