Etching, signed in the plate. A very good impression as published in La Gazette des Beaux-arts in March 1880. Fifth state of six, according to the researches by Matteo Crespi, (My warmest thanks to Matteo for sharing this information). Printed on laid paper. A little bit toned, otherwise in very good condition. To the platemark 240 x 158 mm, the entire sheet measuring 269 x 546 mm.
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.