Giustino Leone (active in Naples in the 19th... - Lot 43 - Crait + Müller

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Giustino Leone (active in Naples in the 19th... - Lot 43 - Crait + Müller
Giustino Leone (active in Naples in the 19th century)
The tambourine seller
Bronze with light brown patina
Signed and dated "G Leone / 16 Oct (?) 1878
H. 80 cm

In Naples, in the last third of the 19th century, an innovative realist movement was born in the wake of Stanislao Lista (1824-1908) and around Vincenzo Gemito (1852-1929). A group of painters and sculptors challenged the established order and opposed the classical and academic style that dominated the European art world. The
Neapolitan artists set out on the path of an affirmed realism, in search of the real, of a "direct sculpture" and natural. At the third Mostra Nazionale in Naples in 1877, this realist trend caused a stir and a rich period of effervescence and critical debate began, bringing the Neapolitan school of sculpture to the forefront of the artistic scene. It reached its peak during the exhibitions in Paris in 1878 and Turin in 1880. Although little documented, Giustino Leone is part of this trend which, by its spontaneity and its desire for immediacy, announces modern art.

Related literature
Jean-Loup Champion (ed.), Gemito: the sculptor of the Neapolitan soul, cat. exp. Paris, Petit Palais, 15 October 2019-26 January 2020, Naples, Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, 15 March-16 June 2020, Paris, Paris Musées, 2019
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