Ettore Forti (active in Rome between 1880 and 1920)

A refreshing conversation

oil on canvas, cm. 81,3 57,2

Signature lower left: "Strong"

Ettore Forti (active in Rome between 1880 and 1920)

Ettore Forti (active in Rome between 1880 and 1920)

A refreshing conversation

oil on canvas, cm. 81,3 57,2

Signature lower left: "Strong"

This elegant painting depicts a meeting scene along a Roman road. A woman dressed in blue peplos is casually leaning against a banquet while she converses amiably with the brown-haired young man who pours a jug of wine. Lying on the ground, a child plays with a dove while two elderly people chat brightly in the background.

 The author of the painting has perfectly rendered what should have been the atmosphere of a Roman road of the time, recalling the echoes of the archaeological discoveries of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The one depicted is in fact a Thermopolium, in fact a grocery shop where food and wine and other food were sold, many of which have remained intact in the buried cities of Vesuvius. 

The author, the Roman painter Ettore Forti, based much of his career in the elaboration of scenes Neopompeiane or set in ancient Rome, a genre that allowed him to obtain great fortune especially among private clients.

Forti was one of those artists who from the excavations of Pompeii (started in 1748) and the work of Lawerence Alma-Tadema (1836 - 1912) (to which he was compared several times) helped to celebrate the classical Roman and Pompeian culture through painting. His compositions are elaborated with remarkable meticulousness and photographic realism, based on a meticulous study of classical decorations and everyday objects: precisely copies the architecture painted in the Roman frescoes with bundles of fruit and leaves, masks and tools from Roman frescoes but also floor mosaics and window models and chairs, as well as statues reproduce examples in public and private Roman collections. Many of these genre scenes also have erotic undercurrents, with languidly beautiful young women in the company of older men.

He exhibited in Berlin and Rome between 1893 and 1897 and in 1905 he participated with two works in the Exhibition of the Roman Society of Amateurs and Lovers.

Among the most prestigious museums where his works are exhibited is the Getty Museum of Los Angeles.

The object is in good condition

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