ERNESTO BAZZARO (Milan 1859 - 1937) L'ATTRICE EMMA IVON (The actress Emma Ivon)
Etching, after Tranquillo Cremona, unknown to Mezzetti. An early state, titled in the plate at bottom L'ATTRICE EMMA IVON / CREMONA. An impression of a later state is preserved in the Raccolta delle Stampe "A. Bertarelli", Milan. That impression, from a reduced and reworked plate which omits the title, is signed in pen. The title on our impression allows us to identify with precision the painting by Cremona from which the etching is derived: this is the portrait of the actress documented by a 1929 photograph preserved in the Civico Archivio Fotografico at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan (inv. RI 3746). The actress Emma Allis Novi, called Emma Ivòn was a free and adventurous woman, whose life was in full harmony with the poetics of the Milanese Scapigliatura. A fine impression, printed in sepia ink on wove paper. Large margins, with some foxing, otherwise in very good condition. To the platemark 120 x 89 mm, the entire sheet measuring 175 x 140 mm.
The painter Carlo Bellesia (Milan 1899 - 1973). At age 17, Bellesia, host of the male Orphanage of Milan (Martinitt), was hired as lithographer by Federico Marioni (Claro 1866 - Milan 1938). Marioni, himself an etcher, opened in Milan, in the last decade of the nineteenth century, a chalcographic atelier attended by many prominent artists as Conconi, Feragutti-Visconti, Russolo, Boccioni, Wildt, Grubicy, Agazzi, Ernesto Bazzaro. The activity of Bellesia at the Marioni atelier, allowed him to gather a collection of etchings by those artists.