Watercolor on cartonDelicated landscape, high quality watercolor. Signed and dated 1882Size:21 inches (h) x 29 inches (w) watercolor31 inches (h) x 40 inches (w) frame One similar, perhaps an original pandam was sold in ChristieÂ’s Rome on 2 june of 1998 lot nr 546 pag 86BIO: Alessandro La VolpeÂ was a landscape painter, who turned his focus primarily to Italian sites and monuments,Â Alessandro La VolpeÂ was a master at capturing the brilliant light and dry climate of his native Italy. Born in Lucera in 1819, he was the son of an employee of the Real Collegio. After finishing his studiesÂ La Volpemoved to Naples and entered Accademia delle Belle Arti, where he studied with Salvatore Fergola (1799-1874), the official painter of ceremonies of the French Monarchy at Naples. La Volpe began exhibiting in Naples in 1848. In 1850 he was sent to Sicily and Egypt on an official mission with the Prince of Lichtenberg to record important monuments; the assignment of such a mission reveals an appreciation forÂ La VolpeÂ’sÂ meticulous attention to detail, as well as his skill as an accomplished painter.
Upon his return to Italy,Â La VolpeÂ moved to Florence, where he helped to found theÂ Scuola di Staggia, a school of Romantic landscape painters. Sketching en plein air in the 1850s and 1860s, his work was characterized by a tendency to depict identifiable, usually picturesque locales in the Tuscan countryside, while focusing on specific peculiarities and everyday aspects. This focus on the everyday picturesque typified the work of theÂ Scuola di Staggia. The name Staggia is derived from a village in the hilly region near Sienna where the Hungarian artist, KÃ¡roly MarkÃ³, first painted in 1853. MarkÃ³ was later joined by his sons KÃ¡roly MarkÃ³ II and AndrÃ¡s MarkÃ³ and other artists from Florence and Naples, stimulating an exchange of ideas between the artists of the Neapolitan school and their Tuscan colleagues. This school provided a significant step in the development of landscape painting in Italy in the latter part of the 19th Century.TheÂ Scuola di StaggiaÂ is significant for having been one of the earliest instances in Tuscany of a group of artists painting together from nature, a practice that greatly influenced the Macchiaioli circle of artists. The birth of the Scuola di Staggia put the artists of Tuscany in concert with their mid-century contemporaries in Paris and America.ATTENTION: The auction is in USD (US Dollars). We do not ship, but we highly recommend two shippers (please see shipment policy) Do not hesitate to contact me for more information by email: email@example.com