GIULIO ARISTIDE SARTORIO (Rome 1860 - 1932) PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN (Lisa Stillman?)
Oil on panel, signed 'G A Sartorio' and signed again in pen on the back of the panel. 284 x 184 mm.
A painting of the early nineties, when Sartorio's links to European Symbolism became much stronger. Out of an introduction in 1891 to Lisa Stillman, a young American artist linked to the Pre-Raphaelites,
Sartorio quickly developed a strong interest in English art of the period. Lisa was daughter of William Stillman, US Consul in Rome, journalist and painter, and step daughter of Maria Spartali, an artist who trained under Ford Madox Brown and a good-looking woman who sat for Rossetti and Burne-Jones. Lisa Stillman caused a platonic affection in Sartorio, and inspired him for idealized female figures in his works of the years 1891-93. See S. Berresford and P. Nichols, 'Sartorio e il mondo artistico Inglese', in 'Giulio Aristide Sartorio, 1860-1932', exhibition catalogue, Rome, 2006.
It's an attractive hypothesis that the young woman portrayed in this oil sketch is Lisa and in fact there are strong similarities with a self-portrait of Lisa drawn in 1887.