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THE PROPERTY OF A LADY

Gaetano Gandolfi
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN, BUST-LENGTH, WEARING A RED CAP AND GESTURING TO THE VIEWER
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 225,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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THE PROPERTY OF A LADY

Gaetano Gandolfi
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN, BUST-LENGTH, WEARING A RED CAP AND GESTURING TO THE VIEWER
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 225,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Gaetano Gandolfi
SAN MATTEO DELLA DECIMA NEAR BOLOGNA 1734 - 1802 BOLOGNA
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN, BUST-LENGTH, WEARING A RED CAP AND GESTURING TO THE VIEWER

Provenance

Probably Mesdames Rullier;

Probably by whom sold, Lyon, Jean-Claude Anaf & Associé, 5 June 1994, lot 115 (as attributed to Ubaldo Gandolfi, 'Jeune garçon en buste de face coiffé d'un bonnet rouge');

With Bob Haboldt & Co., New York and Paris, by May 1995 (as Ubaldo Gandolfi), from whom acquired.

Catalogue Note

Gaetano Gandolfi painted intimate and informal head and bust-length studies in oils of boys, youths and girls, some of the former his own children. This study can be compared with others painted in a similarly free manner using a broad brush which can be dated from the late 1760s until the mid-1770s.1 While many of his subjects look out at the viewer, the direct gaze and projecting gesturing right hand in the present work is unusually arresting.

We are grateful to Dott.ssa Donatella Biagi Maino for her enthusiastic endorsement of the attribution to Gaetano Gandolfi, describing the work as a capolavoro.2

1. See D. Biagi Maino, Gaetano Gandolfi, Turin 1995, pp. 347–48, 349, 353–54 and 365, nos 15, 22, 37–40, 42 and 79, reproduced figs 16, 24, 40–44, 76 and colour plate LX.

2. Written communication, 25 September 2017.

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