Napoleone Luigi Grady (Italian, 1860-1949) A Very Fine Oil on Canvas "A Young Man with Bicorne Hat". The beautifully executed artwork depicting a posing young boy in full period celebratory wear, with a turned-down collar, also known as a frock, or fraque, and a Napolonic style side-to-side Bicorne hat, within a giltwood carved frame. Signed (upper right) N. Grady 1897.
Canvas Height: 23 1/2 inches (59.7 cm)
Canvas Width: 17 inches (43.2 cm)
Frame Height: 33 inches (83.8 cm) Frame
Width: 26 1/4 inches (66.7 cm)
Frame Depth: 3 inches (7.6 cm)
Napoleone Luigi Grady was an Italian artist born in Santa Cristina (PV) 1860 – and died in Brusimpiano (VA) 1949. He devoted his life to painting which was against the wishes of his family, who wanted him to pursue a career as a doctor. Having enrolled at the Brera Academy, he was a student of Francesco Hayez, and later of Giuseppe Bertini and Raffaele Casnedi. He finished his studies in 1880, the year in which he made his debut at the Promotrice of Turin. He made his debut in May 1881 at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Milan with a landscape (Abandoned Place), a figure study (Pensacious) and three genre paintings (Beautiful Morning, In the Park and the eighteenth-century scene of Ritrovo d'amore). In 1882 he presented the paintings Aprile, Emma and Sul belvedere at the XLI Exhibition of the Society promoting fine arts of Turin. He subsequently participated in many of the other exhibitions: in 1883, in 1885, in 1890, in 1892, in 1896, in 1897, exhibiting small portraits or studies of female faces (Ines, Bice, Zelmira, Lea,) alternating with landscapes. At the National Art Exhibition in Venice in 1887 he exhibited Summer, Mullet Fishing. This. From the 1880’s until the 1920’s Grady frequented the Ligurian Riviera (Sestri Levante, Portofino, Monterosso, Lerici, Varigotti), of which he left scenes of fishermen and seascapes (Paranze da pesca, 1887; Quiete marina, 1888; Plenilunio: fishing, 1904, and the valleys between Lombardy and Piedmont. In the villa of Bordighera, where he was often a guest, he exchanged works with friends Moses Bianchi, Eugenio Gignous and Pompeo Mariani. There, he painted mountain subjects, which often feature the peaks and pastures of Val Cuvia, he combined views and seascapes inspired by the Ligurian Riviera, revealing particular attention to the search for evocative effects of light and reflection on the water; in 1902 Notte di luna marina appeared at the Turin Quadrennial and entered the collections of the Duke of Aosta, while at the same event four years later the artist appeared with a pair of canvases entitled Mattino sul mare and Marina lucente.
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