Mattia Jona, Master Drawings and Prints, Japanese Prints - Piazzetta Guastalla 5, 20122 Milan, Italy, tel (+39) 02 8053315


Eleuterio Pagliano, the smoker

lente

ELEUTERIO PAGLIANO (Casale Monferrato 1826 - Milan 1903) IL FUMATORE (The smoker)
Etching, before 1892. Mezzetti 374. Signed 'Pagliano' in the plate. A fine, rich impression printed in black ink on laid paper with partial watermark 'coat of arms'. Large margins, paper toned, minor defects at margins; generally in good condition. To the plate-mark 236 x 175 mm, the entire sheet measuring 295 x 220 mm.

A painter, etcher and an active contributor to the Italian Risorgimento, Eleuterio Pagliano studied at the Milanese Academy of Brera, to which he enrolled in 1836, at eleven years, on Sabatelli's recommendation. A patriot, in 1848 Pagliano joined the popular revolt against the Austrian garrison in Milan known as 'Le Cinque Giornate' and in 1849 he fought under Garibaldi in Rome. In the early fifties he met and became friends with Domenico Morelli, whose anti-academic researches influenced Pagliano's painting, thematically oriented toward the historical and patriotic subjects. After 1851 he also painted many portraits, reinterpreting the traditional style of romantic portraiture. In 1859 Pagliano volunteered to fight with Garibaldi in the Second War of Independence, as a lieutenant in the 'Cacciatori dell Alpi', and after this experience in his paintings depicting military episodes he tried to convey with immediacy their rawness. In his later depictions of Risorgimento episodes Pagliano also succeed in avoiding excessive rhetoric, as in 'The body of Luciano Manara visited by soldiers', executed for the Esposizione Nazionale in Turin in 1884. Pagliano treated skillfully, as a painter, other nineteenth-century themes and was also an excellent etcher and watercolourist. He participated in important exhibitions throughout Europe and won prestigious awards.

price: 440,00 euros

if you need more information

back to the page of 19th and 20th centuries prints and drawings
back to main page
back to the top of page