FRANCESCO DIDIONI

(Italian, 1839-1895)

THE CONVERSATION

Watercolor on Paper

14¾ x 10½ Inches

Signed Lower Right

 

An elegant late 19th century work by this noted Lombardy artist showing a Neo-Classical interior with two formally-dressed women engaged in intimate conversation. Born in Milan, Didioni studied there at the Brera with Raffaele Casnedi. From Casnedi, he derived a talent for psychologically-penetrating figural works which he used with success in his career as a society portrait artist, in his delicate genre paintings and in his more ambitious historical subjects.  His most prominent historical work, Ragione di Stato, depicts the divorce of Napoleon from Josephine. Didioni became a prominent member of the Scapigliatura, the group of artists, poets and writers, musicians and sculptors which developed in Italy after the Risorgimento (1871) and was later immortalized by Giacomo Puccini in his opera La Bohème (1896).

 

Framed in a water-gilded Whistler-style carved-wood frame by Richard Tobey & Son, within an archival ivory shot-silk matte with gilded slip.

Framed size: 21½ x 17 x 1½ inches

 

Reference:

La Pittura lombarda nel secolo XIX., Tipografia Capriolo e Massimino, 1900, page 74-75.

 

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