GIOVANNI FATTORI (Livorno 1825 - Florence 1908) VEDETTA (Look-out Post)
Zinc etching, Baboni-Malesci CXLIV. An apparently unique artist's proof, of an unrecorded early state, before the borderline delimiting the composition at the right and before the reduction of the plate. Printed on white wove paper with a remarkable surface tone, selectively wiped off in few areas for depicting the light. Signed in pen 'Gio Fattori', with strong iron gall ink. In all likelihood, this impression has been printed by Fattori himself, using the small press given to him by his friend Cristiano Banti. To the platemark 200 x 197 mm, the entire sheet measuring 290 x 259 mm. PROVENANCE: Mario Galli (his signature and inventory number '132' on the back of the frame) Florence; Ferdinando Liuzzi, Florence.
The type of signature in pen, leads to a dating in the late eighties for the execution of this etching; which in the later state shows (in addition to the reduction of the plate and to the new borderline on the right) a few new dotted areas (e.g.) and several signs of slight damages to the plate, as oxidations and scratches (e.g.). These signs of damage remind us the words, full of modesty, with which Fattori mocked his achievement of the gold medal for etching at the 'Exposition universelle de 1900', in Paris “… Scusa, non è da ridere vedermi medagliare all’acqua forte? io incisore, ma chi l’avrebbe mai pensato?! Tutti meno che mé, e tanto è vero che le mie lastre stavano su di un armadio alla polvere e a rovinarsi e a macchiarsi. …”). (letter to Fucini, 11th of July 1900).