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Antonio Maria Aspettati [1880-1949]



[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 / Donna in un parco di sera

circa 1905–1910

oil on wood panel / 7 inches by 10 inches

Information on Aspettati (in English) is scarce,¹ 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.² “Woman in a Park” was bequeathed to the Community Collection on Wasserman’s death in 1972.

¹ “Nato a Firenze il 25 marzo 1880. Ha frequentato l’Accademia fiorentina. Cominciò ad esporre a 18 anni e da allora in poi ha partecipato a varie mostre locali e di fuori. Fu premiato alla “Mostra del Soldato” a Firenze e venne invitato alla VII Quadriennale di Roma. Si è specializzato in interni di chiese, di palazzi e musei, ove rende una esatta prospettiva con geniali effetti di luce. Alla Fiorentina Primaverile del 1922 espose l'”Interno della chiesa di Santa Trinità”. Altri suoi lavori sono: “Carnevale”; “Paese a Diaceto”; “La villa Forasassi”; “Il coro di Santo Spirito Quercie a Quintole”. E Socio onorario dell’Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze.” — A. M. Comanducci, 1962

² It seems unlikely that Wasserman and Aspettati were acquainted.


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