Circo (c.1920)


Pencil on paper; signed lower right
Newly-framed as pictured

49.5cm x 42cm in the frame


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Francesco Di Marino was an Italian painter of genre scenes, animated views and coastal landscapes. A pupil of Cammarano and then of Dalbono, Di Marino faithfully followed the tradition of good outdoor painting, in the wake of the landscape conception established in Naples by the Posillipo School. Thus, in addition to his direct masters, he worked alongside Casciaro, Pratella, Scoppetta, and then Galante, De Corsi, Villani, and Viti, gradually refining his expressive means.

An exceptionally diffident man (he himself, after all, liked to call himself a “modest peripatetic painter”), he nevertheless imbued his work with an immediacy of perception and authenticity of sentiment rare amongst his peers and his work, recording the variety of popular scenes he found in his native Naples – flea markets, rides, puppeteers, groups of wet nurses and children in public gardens, street musicians – have a unique vitality and charm – of which this spontaneous sketch of circus performers is a very good example.