Etching, 1942. A very good impression, printed on chine appliqué mounted on thick wove paper. Signed and dated on the plate L Bartolini / 1942; titled and signed in pencil Gli amanti nel bosco / Luigi Bartolini. Under this signature blind stamp Luigi Bartolini Incisore all'acquaforte. With good margins, a few faults at margins, generally in very good condition. To the platemark 255 x 330 mm, the entire sheet measuring 332 x 435 mm.
See, on Bartolini prolific activity as an etcher, the website luigibartolini.com, constantly updated.
Painter, printmaker, writer, poet and polemicist, Bartolini spent his youth in Rome, Siena and Florence and completed his studies in 1910 at the Istituto di Belle Arti in Siena. As a printmaker he made his first etchings around 1909 in Florence, where he studied the prints of Jacques Callot, Giovanni Fattori and Rembrandt. During the World War I, Bartolini fought as an officer at the Front. He resumed his artistic activity in 1919, establishing himself mainly as a printmaker. In 1932, along with Giorgio Morandi, he won a prize at the Mostra dell’Incisione Italiana in Florence and in 1935 obtained first prize for printmaking at the second Quadriennale at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, where he exhibited 50 etchings. He exhibited again his prints at the Biennale in Venice, in 1942, at the Rassegna Internazionale in Lugano, in 1952, and at the Calcografia Nazionale in Rome, in 1962.
Since a few years a website exists entirely devoted to Luigi Bartolini as etcher luigibartolini.com Edited by Dario Palma in collaboration with Luciana Bartolini, the site is constantly updated.