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Francesco Paolo Michetti, a self-portrait

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FRANCESCO PAOLO MICHETTI (Tocco da Casauria 1851 - Francavilla al Mare 1929) SELF-PORTRAIT DRESSED IN A FANCIFUL WAY, WEARING A HOOD AS A FRIAR
Pen and black ink, extensively washed with black ink. Signed Michetti; 215 x 360 mm. An eccentric drawing, with the black ink laid on the sheet in an almost furious way (several fingerprints are visible). To be dated, most probably, early eighties, as the comparison with this photograph (1886) suggests. Michetti portrayed himself in a very loose way, much quite possibly while he was sketching.
My warmest thanks to Dottor Tito Trinca, who kindly pointed out to me all the necessary details to identify and to file this drawing.

Francesco Paolo Michetti was taught at the Accademia in Naples by Morelli, but he also attended the life drawing classes of Filippo Palizzi, who exercised the greatest influence on his development. In 1871 Michetti made his first trip to Paris. There he came in contact with Fortuny, De Nittis and the dealer Goupil and exhibited at the Salons of 1872 and 1875. In 1883 Michetti purchased a convent in his homeland, Abruzzo, as his home and studio. For the next twenty years, the convent was a meeting place for artists and exponents of culture. Abruzzo was Michetti's emotional and aesthetic inspiration: he combined studies from life and extensive photographic documentation, capturing its people, animals, and local events in emotionally charged paintings with luminous colors and vibrant light.

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