The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by L'Archivio Storico Futuristi Siciliani.
Private Collection, Italy Sale: Dorotheum, Vienna, 21st November 2017, lot 37 Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
The Italian painter Guilio D'Anna was famous for his Aeropittura style, a branch of Futurism present in the years following the First World War. A major expression of the second generation of Italian Futurism, Aeropittura was inspired by the technological exhilaration of flight, bringing to the forefront the subject matter of aeroplanes and aerial landscape, of which new perspectival realities could be explored.
The board is stable. Inspection under UV light reveals a thick varnish preventing light from fully penetrating; however, there are small lines of in-painting to an area of consolidated craquelure at the centre right of the lower edge, which is visible to the naked eye. There are a number of stable aged cracks to the panel, which have split the paint surface, and have been consolidated in areas. There is some minor frame abrasion along the edges with associated pin dot losses. This work is in overall fairly good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."