Watercolour. Titled, dated and signed in pencil at top Piazza della Repubblica di San Marino - 18 aprile 1934 - XII / (vista del Palazzo del Governo -) Michele Cascella. 380 x 272 mm.
Michele Cascella was an Italian artist known for his impressionistic landscape paintings. Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh, Raoul Dufy, and Maurice Utrillo, Cascella used watercolor and pastels to convey the vibrant hues and abundant flora of the Abruzzi region of Italy. Born on September 7, 1892 in Ortona a Mare, Italy, Cascella was taught drawing and printmaking techniques from his father the painter and graphic artist Basilio Cascella. He was still a teenager at the time of his first exhibition, and grew to know the artists Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Giorgio de Chirico while living in Milan. He died on August 31, 1989 in Milan, Italy at the age of 96. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in Brussels, among others.