Old Pastel Master: Giuseppe Casciaro

Giuseppe Casciaro "Barca sulla spiaggia di Ischia"
Giuseppe Casciaro “Barca sulla spiaggia di Ischia”

Giuseppe Casciaro (1861-1941) was an Italian painter, active mainly in Naples. Orphaned at the age of twelve, he was raised by a paternal uncle, a priest. He attended school in lyceum gymnasium of Maglie, where his uncle hoped he would start studies towards a career in medicine. However, there he was first instructed to art by Paolo Emilio Stasi, who aided him in enrolling in the Neapolitan Academy of Fine Arts under Morelli and Palizzi. His uncle initially thought Giuseppe was in Naples attending the university, and upon learning of his deception, ceased his support of the young man.
At the Academy, he met Francesco Paolo Michetti, from whom he learned to paint landscapes in pastels. He spent most of his life painting landscapes of the shoreline and of his native Ortelle. At the end of the century, he traveled to Paris, where he met Giuseppe De Nittis and his circle. He gained a nomination to be professor at the Institute of Fine Arts of Urbino. He often visited and tutored members of the Royal House of Savoy about pastel painting. His works were exhibited throughout Europe and Argentina.

Click on the following thumbnails to see the gallery of works.

Pastel Artist: Paola Bassoli

Paola Bassoli "Tuareg"

Paola Bassoli developed passion for painting under the watchful eye of her grandfather who was also a painter. The search for the right expression of Paola’s personality has gone through every form of art, but neither watercolor nor drawing courses have fulfilled her full expression. She finally found her expression through the portraits and figures in oil and later developed an interest in pastels and charcoal, always applying the technique of tonal painting. Paola is an active member of art scene in Milan, Italy, and she continues the study between the U.S. and Italy. The painting in this post Touareg was the finalist in The Bold Brush Painting Competition in March.

Rosalba Carriera Pastel Portrait in Uffizi Gallery, Florence

During my recent visit to famous Uffizi gallery in Florence, Italy, among the old masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Tiziano, Botticelli, I found one pastel jewel – the Rosalba Carriera pastel portrait of “Felicita Sartori”. It is in a very good shape and the colors are still brilliant, unlike many other oil and tempera works in the museum. Next to that painting  one can find couple of oil paintings by the pastel masters that were already presented on this blog – Jean-Etienne Liotard and Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin.

Rosalba Carriera Portrait of Felicita Sartori
Rosalba Carriera "Portrait of Felicita Sartori"

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