'Tuscan Man Smoking a Pipe' by Giuseppe Migneco (1969)
'Tuscan Man Smoking a Pipe', watercolour on art paper, by Giuseppe Migneco (1969). Such a delightful, colourful depiction of a rural Tuscan man with broad brimmed hat, staff and pipe; there is something of Picasso in this depiction (and perhaps Chagall as well) - beautiful in its simplicity. The artwork is in fair to good condition overall. We've retained the charming, characterful, original frame (and glass) with all of its gorgeous faults, cracks, nicks, paint chips and blemishes. The piece is signed and dated in the lower right hand by the artist. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying this listing. Upon request, a video can be provided.
About the Artist: Giuseppe Migneco (1908–1997) was an Italian painter of the Novecento Italiano. He often painted scenes of labourers at work in a naïve and expressionistic style. Migneco was born in Messina, in the South. His father was a train station master and his mother, a school teacher. At the age of 23, he moved to Milan to enroll in Medical School but started gravitating around the local art scene. Migneco eventually landed a job as an illustrator for the weekly magazine for children, Corriere dei Piccoli. He lost interest in his medical studies, and decided to be a painter.
In 1937, the artist was a co-founder of the anti-fascist Corrente group, a movement affiliated with the journal Corrente di Vita. He participated in the group's exhibitions as well as in Galleria La Spiga in Milan in 1942. The following year, he was conscripted into the fascist army. After the end of the Second World War, Migneco was able to reprise his artistic career when he had an exhibition at the Galleria Santa Redegonda in Milan in 1945. He was later invited to show his work at the Quadriennale di Roma in 1948, 1951, 1956, 1959, and lastly, in 1986. In 1952, his solo exhibition at the 26th Biennale in Venice was introduced by Salvatore Quasimodo. In 1954 Migneco exhibited at the Leicester Galleries in London and at the Venice Biennale again in 1958. In 1983, his work was the subject of a large retrospective at the Palazzo Comunale in his native Messina. He died in Milan in 1997.
Dimensions with frame:
H 50 cm / 19.7"
W 41 cm / 16.1"
Dimensions without frame:
H 30 cm / 11.8"
W 21.5 cm / 8.5"