Maria Martinette. Checkers Players, watercolor

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Maria MARTINETTI (1864-1921)

Les joueurs de dames au palais (The Checker Players at Palace)

Watercolor signed and located Roma lower right

Height : 50 cm (19-1/2 in.) - Width : 72 cm (28-1/4 in.).
Frame : 72 x 95,5 cm (28-1/4 x 37-1/2 in.).

Minor small losses of material, small stains

Maria Martinetti was a close friend of the Orientalist painter Gustavo Simoni who was one of the most prominent representatives of the Italian Orientalist school during the second half of the 19th century. She realized a large number of watercolors of popular North African and Near East themes. She belonged to the Società degli Amatori e Cultori di Bella Arti and from 1887 to 1913 frequently exhibited in Rome. Her paintings were acquired by collectors in Northern Europe and the United States. She exhibited in 1888 Guardia marocchina (Moroccan Guard), then Beduino (Bedouin) and Mercante Arabo (Arabic Merchant) in 1893, and finally Arabo (Arab) at the International Exhibition in Rome in 1904. For several years, she used a studio at Villa Story in Rome, via San Martino al Maccao which belonged to Boston sculptor William Wetmore Story.
Maria Martinetti’s style like the Italian Orientalist school is influenced by a virtuoso illusionism. Watercolors, executed with light and transparent colors, flow with anecdotal details: precious clothing, weapons, furniture, rugs which alludes to the Arab civilization’s refinement.

Bibliography :
- C. JULER, Les orientalistes de l’école italienne, ACR Edition, Paris, 1992.

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