Pen and brush with black ink, on whitish wove paper. Glued on a sheet of rough paper, which is pasted on a thick cardboard. The drawing 229 x 179, the mount 288 x 234 Signed F. P. Michetti. Dedicated, dated and titled in pen and brown ink Alla Carissima / Amica / Assunta Loyacono / Napoli 1883 Con stima e affetto / “la brace”. Inscribed, dated and signed at bottom of the mount alla canzone del mare / vorrei con te cantare / cuore dell’amor mio. / F. Paolo Michetti 1883
The handling of the pen and the brush in this drawing is extremely similar to that of a drawing by Michetti passed through my hands a few years ago, which I tentatively dated early eighties.
Francesco Paolo Michetti was taught at the Accademia in Naples by Morelli, but he also attended the life drawing classes of Filippo Palizzi, who exercised the greatest influence on his development. In 1871 Michetti made his first trip to Paris. There he came in contact with Fortuny, De Nittis and the dealer Goupil and exhibited at the Salons of 1872 and 1875. In 1883 Michetti purchased a convent in his homeland, Abruzzo, as his home and studio. For the next twenty years, the convent was a meeting place for artists and exponents of culture. Abruzzo was Michetti's emotional and aesthetic inspiration: he combined studies from life and extensive photographic documentation, capturing its people, animals, and local events in emotionally charged paintings with luminous colors and vibrant light.