Luigi Bechi (1830-1919)
Luigi Bechi (Italian, 1830-1919). The Lace Maker, c.1880s. Oil on wood panel measures 12 x 17 inches; 18.5 x 23.25 inches in the original carved and gilt solid wood frame. Outstanding condition with no damage or restoration. Signed “L Bechi” lower left. Loss to frame at bottom right corner.
This wonderful painting is extra-ordinary example of Grand Tour Era artwork produced for an English and American audience. A young Florentine girl works on a small lace project with deep concentration. If you look closely, you can observe the taught line of string which extends from her hands to a rolled ball on the stone pavers. The composition of the pictorial space. the perspective and cool shady tonalities are each remarkable in their own right.
Luigi Bechi (March 1830 – November 19, 1919) was an Italian painter.
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