Naive School, San Domenico Basilica, Siena, Italy - 1888 graphite drawing


An original 1888 graphite drawing, Naive School San Domenico Basilica, Siena, Italy.

A highly appealing Naïve School drawing, dating from the late Victorian period, executed as part of a European Grand Tour. This drawing displays the frankness and flat rendering style associated with Naïve art, and dates from around the year when Naïve art was ‘discovered’: in 1885 the painter Paul Signac became aware of the talents of Henri Rousseau, the so-called father of naive art.

Unsigned. Inscribed lower centre. Dated lower left.
In good condition for its age. The picture may have minor imperfections, such as slight marks, toning, foxing, creasing or pinholes, commensurate with age. Please see photos for detail.
14.1cm x 15.5cm.

This drawing forms part of a collection we have for sale, initialled J.B., of architectural landscape studies executed while on a Grand Tour, encompassing Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Norway. Their immense charm comes from their naïve style – now often imitated and highly collectable – evidencing a lack of formal training. The at times rudimentary expression of perspective, across houses, trees and townscape, creates an appealing sense of pattern, punctuated by charming small details of figures, animals and boats.

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Product code: JK-729

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