Franco Matania (1922-2006) - Three Graphite Drawings, Portraits of Boys
DescriptionThree studies of boys, including one dressed as a clown, inscribed 'French Clown' on the verso, and another as the Artful Dodger from Dickens's 'Oliver Twist'. Unsigned. On wove laid to card.
There is some discolouration but overall in good condition.
17.4 x 8.9cm (6.9" x 3.5")Sheet: 21.4 x 15.2cm (8.4" x 6")
Sulis Fine Art is proud to present this significant collection of works, directly from the studio of the late Franco Matania (1922-2016). The collection features fine figure studies, bold portraits, delicate still life paintings, and charming landscape views in various mediums. Provenance: Studio of Franco Matania (1922-2016); thence by descent to his son Luis Matania.
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Franco Matania (1922-2016) was born in Naples, Italy, and was a pupil of his uncle, the distinguished artist and illustrator Fortunino Matania RI (1881-1963). In 1935, he gained British nationality, becoming a member of the United Society of Artists, the Society of Graphic Fine Art, and an Associate of the Society of Equestrian Artists. The artist's outstanding technical ability and classical realist style granted him much commercial success.
He painted in various mediums, though he mainly used conté and pastel. Matania's preferred subjects include ballet dancers, still life studies and equestrian subjects. Matania showed at the Mall Galleries, NS, ROI, RA, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and at the Tanisia Gallery in New York. He also exhibited as a solo artist in various other galleries, such as the Alpine Gallery and Campbell & Franks.
|Artist||Franco Matania (1922-2006)|
|Date||Mid 20th Century|
|Dimensions||17.4 x 8.9cm|
|Subject||Children & Infants|
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