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Vico Viganò, l'edera, after Tranquillo Cremona

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VICO VIGANÒ (Cernusco sul Naviglio 1874 - 1967) L'EDERA (after Tranquillo Cremona)
Etching, after the celebrated painting by Tranquillo Cremona, one of the last works (1878) of the Lombard painter. See R. Bossaglia, Tranquillo Cremona, Catalogo Ragionato, Milan, 1994, no. 68. The painting is now preserved at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Turin.
A fine impression, printed on thick wove paper with sepia ink. Titled and signed at the bottom margin, in pencil, L'Edera (Cremona) / Vico Viganò. The sheet bears, at bottom left, the artist's dry stamp Vico/Viganò/da/Cernusco. With large margins, minor foxing, otherwise in very good condition. To the platemark 515 x 380 mm.

A painter and etcher, Vico Viganò was one of the founders, in 1910, of the Associazione italiana degli acquafortisti e incisori which included Giulio Aristide Sartorio, Emanuele Brugnoli, Carlo Casanova, Giuseppe Graziosi, Giovanni Greppi, Fabio Mauroner, Emilio Mazzoni Zarini . Viganò was a self-taught etcher and his first works were transcriptions of famous paintings by Tranquillo Cremona, such as l'Edera and I Cugini. These works earned him the encouragement of Mosè Bianchi to continue his activities as printmaker . As Lamberto Vitali stated in 1934 (L'incisione moderna in Italia) Viganò was a representative of a kind of bourgeois anecdotal realism, to whom Vitali recognizes technical quality (bravure di mano). An extensive article devoted to Viganò's activity as etcher, which was published in the magazine Emporium in 1912, is fully available on line: Giovanola Luigi, Acqueforti e acquafortisti: Vico Viganò, in Emporium, Vol. XXXV, n. 207, 1912.

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