Naive School, Fountain, Acqua Sola, Genoa, Italy -Original 1890 graphite drawing

An original 1890 graphite drawing, Naive School Fountain at Acqua Sola, Genoa, 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. On lightweight grided drawing paper. 

Unsigned. Inscribed and dated lower centre.
Some minor foxing and light age toning as shown. Otherwise, in good condition.
13.4cm x 18.4cm.

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: JJ-908

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