The Green Hat

by Virgilio Costantini


Costantini began his artistic career in 1904 undertaking studies at the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo under the guidance of the sculptor Mario Rutelli. There are numerous exhibitions in which he participated: in 1905 in Turin, in 1906 at the Universal Exposition in Florence and again in Florence in 1907 where he exhibited ‘Fiore di Campo’ and ‘On the beach’, shortly before moving to France.

In 1908 he made his debut at the Paris Independent Living Show with two works and became a member of the French National Fine Arts Society.

He returned to Italy in 1910 and participated in the IX Venice Biennale with ‘Breton’ and ‘La cucitrice’.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 127.0 x 78.7 cm/50.0 x 31.0 ins
(framed) 160.8 x 111.8 cm/63.3 x 44.0 ins
SIGNATURE:Signed ‘V. Costantini’ (lower left)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas


Catalogue No: 5619 Categories: ,

Costantini’s ‘The Green Hat’ depicts an elegant lady dressed in her finery, in particular her new green hat, catching her own reflection for approval. Costantini has paid exquisite attention to detail to her fine clothing and this graceful lady’s green hat particularly catches the eye in contrast to her dark dress and surroundings.

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Costantini began his studies in Venice where he was exposed to the works of Paul Besnard, Lucien Simon and, most importantly, John Singer Sargent. Under the influence of these artists he would copy their fluid brush work and dynamic palette.

Costantini moved to Paris in 1906 during one of the most successful periods of Costantini’s career. Here he was made a member of the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts.

During the early part of the 20th Century the artist became interested in the freshness and transparent effects of watercolours. This sensitivity to tone and shading is translated to his oils, the layers of paint, some mutedand pale, others more vibrant applied to achieve a certain tonal effect.


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