Leonardo Bistolfi [1859-1933]
Donna con mantello [woman in cloak], 1912
23 x 10 x 11 inches
Signed lower right : ‘L. BISTOLFI – TORINO’ / ‘1912’.
Original patina, estate fresh.
Donna con mantello [woman in cloak] is a theme from classic Greek sculpture that again found favor at the turn-of-the-century. The final blossoming of Symbolism and Mysticism lead authors and artists to portray woman as mysterious and even downright malevolent and ominous. As the son of a wood sculptor, Leonardo Bistolfi [1859-1933] was a talented all-round artist. He painted, sculpted and drew exceptionally well even from a young age. Bistolfi’s Donna con mantello [woman in cloak], ca.1912 is similar to other sculpture works by the artist. It is a theme he would often take up.
2018 David Smernoff, New Haven, CT and New York, NY ;
before 2018 Private collection of [withheld], Buenos Aires, Argentina ;
1912 Leonardo Bistolfi [1859-1933], the artist .
2021 David Smernoff, New Haven, CT and New York, NY “Radically traditionally modern : the rise of Art Nouveau an exhibition designed by JON x NY”, January 18 – February 14.