[From the catalogue-in-progress for “Landscapes & Livestock”, a loan exhibition for Agincourt Homecoming in the Fall of 2015]
ASPETTATI, Antonio Maria [1880–1949]
“Woman in a Park at Evening”
oil on wood panel / 7 inches by 10 inches
Information on Aspettati (in English) is scarce, but a handful of auction records include nothing quite like this small Impressionist, borderline Symbolist work in a palate of melancholic secondary colors against a manic blue sky. A lone woman muses in a scruffy park. Two stone pines—also known as umbrella or parasol pines, a tree characteristic of the Mediterranean—divide the composition into what is nearly a Golden Section proportion. All is ennui.
Karl Wasserman received this work in trade—source unknown—for one of his own paintings.¹ “Woman in a Park” was bequeathed to the Community Collection on Wasserman’s death in 1972.
¹ It is unlikely that Wasserman and Aspettati were acquainted.