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Moses Levy, people on the beach

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MOSES LEVY (Tunis 1885 - Viareggio 1968) PEOPLE ON THE BEACH
Drypoint on zinc, printed on Japan and touched with polychrome tempera, signed and dated in reverse on the plate Moses Levy 1920, signed in pencil Moses Levy on bottom right. Paper toned, but generally in very good condition. To the platemark 188 x 256 mm, the entire sheet measuring 270 x 345 mm. PROVENANCE: Galleria Scopinich, Milan (ante 1933).
An unknown print, not described by Giannotti and Pizzorusso, which compares very well, for subject, technique and dimensions with several prints from the years 1920 and 1921 catalogued by the two authors (see numbers from 137 to 151). Another very similar drypoint touched with colours, dated 1921 and again unknown to Giannotti and Pizzorusso, has been recently offered by Gonnelli, Florence; see their catalogue Stampe e disegni dal XVI al XX secolo, 16 October 2011, lot 347.

Moses Levy was born in Tunis of a British father and an Italian mother. He spent his first years at an Italian school in Tunis, but soon the family moved to Italy and, in 1900, he enrolled in the Istituto d'arte of Lucca, where Lorenzo Viani was one of his classmates. In Florence, they both frequented the Accademia di Belle Arti and Giovanni Fattoriā€™s drawing classes. In 1907 he participated in the Venice Biennial and in 1911 he held his first solo show at the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Tunis. Until 1938, Levy participated in almost all the Venice Biennials, making numerous trips to Europe and traveling frequently between the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean. He was a member of the Group of Four in Tunis in 1936, and the Group of ten in 1947. Forced by the racial laws, he leaved Italy in 1938 and moved to Nice. During the war he returned to Tunis, and at the end of the war he settled down in Paris and then in Florence; finally, in 1961, he moved to Viareggio. Moses Levy was a skilled printmaker, sensitive and prolific. See Alessandra Giannotti and Claudio Pizzorusso, Incisioni di Moses Levy (1885-1968), catalogue of the exhibition at the Gabinetto disegni e stampe Uffizi, Florence, 1999.

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