and I am left wondering where February has gone... Unfortunately, this also means
that I won't have the time to visit the beautiful exhibition of Felice Tosalli which ends
next week at the Galleria dell'Incisione in Brescia. One more reason to thank
the gallery's owner and curator Chiara Padova for sending me the catalogue
and these pics to enjoy and share with you!
The talented Italian artist Felice Tosalli (1883-1958) was among the many artists
who turned their interest to animal themes during the late 19th and early 20th century.
He was born in Valsesia, an Alpine valley that was also the birthplace of my paternal grandfather,
and learned to master his father's woodworking craft as an apprentice in his workshop.
After completing his studies in Turin, in 1903 Tosalli moved to Paris and found employment
to observe and sketch the captive animals. His precise and careful study of animal bodies and gestures
is obviously the source of the elegant drawings and preparatory sketches on show at the gallery,
and of the wonderfully lifelike poses of his sculptures.
In 1907 Tosalli went back to Turin, where he worked as a movie poster artist
and as a lithographer and illustrator at Fratelli Doyen. He also began to participate
in art exhibitions and receive commissions, mostly in the field of wooden sculpture.
In the late 1920's Tosalli began to produce a series of limited edition animal figurines
in ceramic for the famous Italian company Lenci, and later for Rosenthal and C.
These small works are still much appreciated by collectors for their refinement,
attention to detail, and ability to capture the spontaneous beauty of animal life.