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Ernesto Bazzaro, female nude


Etching and aquatint, Mezzetti 33.
A) A fine impression, richly inked, printed on strong wove paper. Signed in the plate Bazzaro . E. To the platemark 210 x 397 mm, the entire sheet measuring 297 x 471 mm. Amalia Mezzetti did not describe states for this print, but this impression is an earlier state compared with the one (Bertarelli collection) illustrated in Marica Magni, Ernesto Bazzaro (1859-1937), Milan, 1986; page 88, no. 25, fig. 42.
B) A very early working proof, trimmed inside the platemark, the sheet measuring 172 x 394 mm. On the verso another, defective, impression.

A sculptor who also practiced printmaking, Ernesto Bazzaro, the brother of the painter Leonardo, studied at the Brera Academy under Ambrogio Borghi, but was deeply influenced by the anti-academic spirit of the sculptor Giuseppe Grandi and the painters Daniele Ranzoni and Tranquillo Cremona. Ernesto Bazzaro produced many impressive monuments, created figural decorations for Milanese building facades and also produced a number of small bronzes in commercial editions. In the etching technique Ernesto Bazzaro has been influenced by the works of Giuseppe Grandi and Luigi Conconi, the leading exponents of the acquaforte monotipata in Lombardy.


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