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'Still Life of Potted Plant with Red Flowers' by Valentino Ghiglia (circa 1940s)

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'Still Life of Potted Plant with Red Flowers', oil on board (circa 1940s), by Valentino Ghiglia (1903 - 1960). A delicately expressive painting of a potted plant sitting on a brick ledge. The work inspires stillness and calm. The brush strokes on the leaves are reminiscent of Van Gogh's. The depth of colour is striking and the depiction of light demonstrates just the right touch. Without the sometimes mechanical precision of academic works, here in Ghiglia's painting it is authentic and inspiring. So much that, one can imagine zooming out of the narrow frame of the depiction to catch a glimpse of the Italian village house on its cobblestoned street in the hilltop village on whose ledge the plant is situated. A fine and inspired work by Valentino Ghiglia. In very good vintage condition commensurate with its age. Newly framed. Upon request, a video clip of this work may be provided.

About the Artist: Valentino Ghiglia was born near Florence, Italy in 1903. He began to paint together with his younger brother, Paulo, a portraitist, despite the discouragement received from their father Oscar, an already noted painter of the era. Later on, Oscar embraced the brothers' passion for art and proudly exhibited with the both of them. Valentino's three other brothers were all musicians.

Valentino Ghiglia's first personal exhibition took place in 1929 in Milan at the Galleria Pesaro. He made many trips to Spain and France after that, often going to paint on the French Breton coast. Ghiglia's known for his paintings of Nordic landscapes and characterful views of Paris. His still lifes of flowers and fruit are well known and appreciated for their affinity with Japanese art. Many of Ghiglia's paintings were produced in the 1940s in the village of Pratovalle, Italy, where the artist was often a guest for the holidays and on the island of Elba. Ghiglia's works are internationally collected and have sold at major auction houses in Europe and in the United States. The artist died in 1960. 

Dimensions with frame:

H 36 cm (14.2")

W 36 cm (14.2")

Dimensions without frame:

H 21 cm (8.3")

W 21 cm (8.3")