GIOVANNI FATTORI (Livorno 1825 - Florence 1908) ESPLORAZIONE (Scouting Expedition)
Zinc etching, Baboni-Malesci CXLVIII. The print has the characteristics of the impressions pulled by Fattori himself, or under his direct guidance, with his small hand press. These impressions were printed on various types of paper, often recovered by chance, easily recognizable by the narrow margins. Several examples are in the Franconi collection. See: Andrea Baboni, Le incisioni di Giovanni Fattori nella collezione Franconi, Florence, 1987; nos. 4, 26, 28, 64, 74, 78 and 85. Baboni generally dated these impressions c. 1900.
A fine proof impression, printed with black ink on gray, rough, laid paper. The inking is extremely rich and unwiped in the bottom area, hiding completely the artist's monogram and, together with the gray paper, it deepens the darkness. To the platemark 218 x 151 mm, the entire sheet measuring 264 x 204 mm.
Samples of this print are rare, lacking in the Rosselli collection (Florence) as well in the Franconi collection (Bergamo). An impression exists in the Timpanaro collection (GDS Università di Pisa, inv. n. 2963), another one is at the Museo Fattori (Livorno, Invv.: n. 74/340; 91/2065), but both, compared with our impression, are printed in a quite conventional way, with uniform wiping of the plate.