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Ernesto Bazzaro, self-portrait

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ERNESTO BAZZARO (Milan 1859 - 1937) SELF-PORTRAIT (1885)
Black chalk, heightened with white, on cardboard, mounted on a frame; 655 x 510 mm. Signed and dated on a strip of paper pasted bottom right Ernesto Bazzaro / 1885. Signed again in black chalk on the back, dated and dedicated to the sculptor Edoardo Furlan: E.sto Bazzaro 1886 / proprietà E. Furlan / scultore.
It's noteworthy that in 1886 it was inaugurated the marble monument to Garibaldi in Monza, the first major public commission executed by the young Ernesto Bazzaro.

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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