20th Century Italian Roses Still Life by Michele Cascella, 1943
20th century Italian flowers still life signed Michele Cascella 1943, by the Italian painter (Ortona 1892- Milano 1989). This antique oil on canvas painting depicts a bouquet of pink and red roses within a clear glass vase placed on a wooden table. Signed and dated lower left Michele Cascella, 1943.
He is well known as a post-impressionist Italian painter famous for his landscapes and still flower paintings, he exhibited regularly at the Venice Biennale from 1924 until 1942, and his works are owned by major museums in Italy and Europe, including Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris, and Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome.
In this work, canvas had been applied to a board surface since the wooden stretcher had worms, as explained by the Italian inscription on the back side: “telaio tarlato, incollato da me su questo supporto con colla di farina. Prof. Marino Carlonetti c.so Matteotti 74, Milano. ” The work comes from a private villa of Milan and is in good condition, within an ivory color wooden passe-partout and a giltwood modern frame measuring 67 x 60 cm. This painting is made of shiny colors, it might seem a casual composition but it is wisely balanced.
height: 51.5 (66,5) cm
width: 45 (60) cm
A flowers painting, an Italian polychrome roses composition set in a blue pottery vase, a 20th century Italian still-life of flowers, oil painted on Masonite panel, measuring 56,5 cm by 35, signed lower left A.Tosi by the Italian Lombard painter Arturo Tosi (Busto Arsizio, 25 luglio 1871 – Milano, gennaio 1956).
The late work is in good condition, set in a giltwood frame and dates back to 1953, as per the red inscription on the verso of the masonite panel: 4-7-53 A-T (Arturo Tosi).
The Italian painter Arturo Tosi (1871–1956) was born in Busto Arsizio (near Varese). He moved to Milan in 1882 and attended the school of nude studies at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts from 1890 to 1891. He made his debut at the 1st Esposizione Triennale di Belle Arti in 1891 and attracted the attention of Vittore Grubicy, who steered him towards the late 19th-century Lombard tradition. Specialising in landscapes of the valleys around Bergamo, he presented work at the national exhibition held in Milan to mark the inauguration of the Sempione tunnel in 1906. His participation in the Venice Biennale began in 1909 with the 8th Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte della Città di Venezia and continued uninterruptedly until 1956. Tosi came into contact with the critic Margherita Sarfatti in the 1920s and held his first solo show in 1923 at the Galleria Pesaro in Milan. He served on the Novecento Italiano governing committee and took part in the movement’s first and second exhibitions (Milan, 1926 and 1929) as well as those held outside Italy. One of the most respected Italian painters from the 1930s on, he became a member of the Academy of San Luca in 1943. He died in Milan in 1956.