Etching, Mezzetti 30. A very good impression in sepia ink, printed with tone on wove paper. Signed in the plate E Bazzaro. To the platemark 368 x 201 mm, the entire sheet measuring 492 x 324 mm. With large margins. Minor defects at margins, generally in very good condition.
This etching is certainly connected with the portrait of Carla Cardani, a large drawing by Bazzaro offered on my web site. Both, the etching and the drawing, are connected with the stele done by Bazzaro for the tomb of the Milanese painter Arturo Ferrari (1861-1932).
The painter Carlo Bellesia (Milan 1899 - 1973). At age 17, Bellesia, host of the male Orphanage of Milan (Martinitt), was hired as lithographer by Federico Marioni (Claro 1866 - Milan 1938). Marioni, himself an etcher, opened in Milan, in the last decade of the nineteenth century, a chalcographic atelier attended by many prominent artists as Conconi, Feragutti-Visconti, Russolo, Boccioni, Wildt, Grubicy, Agazzi, Ernesto Bazzaro. The activity of Bellesia at the Marioni atelier, allowed him to gather a collection of etchings by those artists.
A sculptor who also practiced printmaking, Ernesto Bazzaro, the brother of the painter Leonardo, studied at the Brera Academy under Ambrogio Borghi, but was deeply influenced by the anti-academic spirit of the sculptor Giuseppe Grandi and the painters Daniele Ranzoni and Tranquillo Cremona. Ernesto Bazzaro produced many impressive monuments, created figural decorations for Milanese building facades and also produced a number of small bronzes in commercial editions. In the etching technique Ernesto Bazzaro has been influenced by the works of Giuseppe Grandi and Luigi Conconi, the leading exponents of the acquaforte monotipata in Lombardy.