Etching, 1936. A very good impression of the second state of two, printed on chine collé on thick white wove paper. Titled, numbered and signed in black chalk Bagnante 15/50 Luigi Bartolini; under the signature blind stamp Luigi Bartolini Incisore all'acquaforte. With margins, defects at margins, generally in very good condition. To the platemark 196 x 79 mm, the entire sheet measuring 304 x 170 mm.
A first state of this etching, before the reduction of the plate, is in the Collezione Timpanaro, at the Museo della Grafica, Pisa, titled Sul Passirio; see Alessandro Tosi. Luigi Bartolini. Le incisioni della Collezione Timpanaro. Firenze, Olschki, 1998; no. 19. For other impressions of the second state see: Galleria Marca d’Acqua, Luigi Bartolini. Incisioni “uniche o rare” 1923 – 1943, exhibition catalogue, Milan, 2003, no. 16, with the title Ragazza con le mani ai fianchi and dated 1936; see also Luigi Bartolini: Meglio ancora un’acquaforte, edited by Siro Leonelli and Matteo Crespi, exhibition catalogue, Il Bulino Antiche Stampe, Milan, 2008, no. 15, titled Lungo l'Adige.
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.