Oil on board, inscribed and dated ‘1946’ bottom right
Image size: 19 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches (49.5 x 39.5 cm)
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This painting stands out for its use of full-bodied brushstrokes and thick impasto application of paint.
It depicts an Italian harbour in the 1940s, probably on one of the islands in the bay of Naples, such as Procida.
Ezelino Briante was born and trained in Naples and he traveled around Italy and abroad (France, Switzerland, Sweden, Brazil, United States of America) looking for naturalistic subjects that he preferred. This celebrated painter studied at the Accademia di Bella Arti di Napoli and his scenes of Italy won him great support and fame in Italy and internationally.
His paintings of Italian piers, in particular those of Campania; well known are also his marine landscapes of Sorrento, Capri, Maiori, Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Coast. Some of his less usual subjects included mountain landscapes, woods, country houses and he rarely painted city scenes.
He lived for a long time in Capri and died in Rome in 1971.