Italy, 20th century
Umberto Brunelleschi (1879-1949) – Italian printmaker, illustrator and caricaturist
‘Restauration’, depicting a Prince, a Commandant, a Capitaine and a Fusillier
Each signed in pencil lower right ‘BRUNELLESCHI’
Each titled and inscribed in pencil center right
Published by Bristol with blind stamp lower right
Full margins, with deckled edges
Dimensions, each approximately: 19 x 12 2/5 in. (48.3 x 31.5 cm.)
Famous for his stage and costume designs, this group of four drawings show the fantastic imagination of the Italian illustrator. Depicting military costume designs for a prince, a commandant, a capitaine and a fusilier, bold colors highlight the fashion of the time period.
Each image is signed, titled and inscribed. Published by Bristol, the works have full margins and deckled sheet edges, measuring 19 x 12 2/5 inches. Each in overall good condition with no evidence of tears or repairs.
Umberto Brunelleschi (Italian, 1879-1949)
Born in Montemurlo, Umberto Brunelleschi attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence at the age of twenty. In 1900, he moved to Paris where he established his career as a printmaker, illustrator, and caricaturist with a focus in fashion and contributed to numerous magazine, journal, and book publications often under the pseudonym “Harun-al-Rashid.” Influenced by Orientalist and Art Deco styles, his work was distinctively marked with delicate flourishes, brilliant colors, and fantasy themes. He regularly exhibited in Paris’ salons and participated at the Venice Biennale until 1942. After the First World War, Brunelleschi broadened his creative repertoire to stage and costume design for renowned music halls and theaters in Paris, New York, Florence, and Milan – notably creating costumes for Puccini’s opera Turandot and jazz entertainer Josephine Baker. His works are included in the collections of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art.