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Franco Matania (1922-2006) - Two Graphite Drawings, Full-Length Portraits



Two full-length portraits of dancers during practice, one with pen and ink details. Unsigned. On wove laid to card.


There is some discolouration but overall both are in good condition.


24.7 x 10.4cm (9.7" x 4.1")
Sheet: 29.9 x 15.1cm (11.8" x 5.9")

Collection Information

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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Artist Biography

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.

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Code qt197
Artist Franco Matania (1922-2006)
Date Mid 20th Century
Dimensions 24.7 x 10.4cm
Medium Graphite
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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