Etching and aquatint
165 x 229 mm; sheet 223 x 274 mm
Signed in pen and brown ink at lower left M. Fortuny, dedicated in pencil at the right Alla Signorina Clara Cal..si / affettuosamente Mariano Fortuny / 1943.
Very fine impression of an early state, unknown to Vives i Pique and Cuenca Gracia, preceding part of the etched work. Printed on wove paper in brown ink, with a velvety tone in the darkest areas and rich plate-tone and the wiping scratches much evident on the right. The richness of the inking created, on the verso of the sheet, traces similar to embossing in particular on the foliage of the bush and on the tree on the right.
In fine condition, with large margins.
R. Vives i Pique, M.L. Cuenca Gracia, Mariano Fortuny Marsal, Mariano Fortuny Madrazo, Grabados y Dibujos, Madrid 1994; no. 49
Mariano Fortuny Y Madrazo, was the son of the Spanish painter Mariano Fortuny Marsal. His father died in 1874, and the boy reached Paris, where he studied painting. In 1889 he moved with his mother Henriette to Venice, and he spent the rest of his life there. He was a painter and a printmaker like his father, but he also became interested in photography, theatre and set design. He was influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement and learned to control all aspects of his designs; for the theatre he created innovative lighting techniques and also his own dyes for the coloring of the fabrics, as well as machinery for printing cloth.
Numerous examples of his work can be found in his former home, now the Fortuny Museum, in Venice.