signed on the back of the fountain, Gemito in a cartouche.
numbered 31 on the back. beautiful patina color medal, and carving a great finesse.
a famous bronze that has contributed to some of Gemito's celebrity.
we find this artist in many museums around the world and in large collections.
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Gemito is born in Naples, it seems, in the family of a woodcutter who has fallen into misery. The day after his birth, his mother leaves him at the turn of the orphanage of the Annunciation1 where he is collected and where he is given the name of Genito (which means born), transformed soon after by a misspelling on the registers in Gemito. It was adopted at the end of the month by a young household that had just lost a baby. The husband dies some time later, and the adoptive mother, Giuseppina, remarries with a mason (Francesco Jadiciccio2) and the boy is thus encouraged throughout his education to use his hands. He became apprentice in the studio of the painter and academic sculptor Emanuele Caggiano before his ten years, then quickly worked in the workshop of the sculptor Stanislao Lista showing a great dexterity and inventiveness always renewed. He entered the school of the Royal Institute of Fine Arts at the age of twelve, where he became friends with Antonio Mancini for life. He also attended evening classes at the Domenico Maggiore Academy. Sculpture of Vincenzo Gemito "Portrait of the painter Vincenzo Petrocelli", 1869 He realizes the famous piece, the Player of cards (Il Giocatore di Carti), at only sixteen years old. She is much noticed when she is exposed to the Promoter of Naples, so much so that King Victor-Emmanuel II buys it to be permanently exposed to the museum of Capodimonte. In 1871, he won the first prize of the Naples Fine Arts Competition, which gave him the right to a scholarship to study in Rome, thanks to his work Joseph sold by his brothers (which is noticed by Domenico Morelli) and to the sculpture of Brutus. In 1873, he met Mathilde Duffaud, docile and submissive, who became his model in his studio in Capodimonte, on the hill of Mojarello. He made several busts and portraits: Francesco Paolo Michetti, Domenico Morelli, Verdi, Guido Marsavi, son of the prefect and patron Diomede Marsavi, etc. In 1877, Gemito moved to Paris where he forged close ties with the academic artist Meissonier, worn by the officials of the nascent Third Republic. He brought Mancini and Mathilde Duffaud. Gemito exhibited in various exhibitions, as well as in the Universal Exhibition of 1878. He made the silver portrait of Boldini who resided in Paris and baritone Jean-Baptiste Faure. He met with great success by presenting the Neapolitan Little Fisherman at the Salon, which he took several years to perfect. Gemito is now a famous sculptor. He exhibited a sculpture representing Federico de Madrazo, which earned him a third-class medal at the Salon. The following year, he exhibited at the Salon a bronze statuette depicting Meissonier and won a second class medal1. He returned to Naples in 1880, where he worked at his famous Vendee d'eau3. In April 1881, Mathilde Duffaud died early. Gemito settles some time in Capri where he marries the next year Anna Cutolo (known as Nannina) who becomes its inspirer and gives him a daughter in 1885, Giuseppina. In 1883, he set up his own foundry, via Mergellina in Naples. In 1887, he commissioned a marble statue of Charles V, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, to be erected in front of the Royal Palace in Naples. The marble is a material that Gemito does not appreciate and he is dissatisfied with the result, so that he gradually falls into a serious nervous breakdown with hallucinatory periods and locks himself in a small apartment to go out episodically only for stays in a psychiatric clinic. In the meantime, however, honors are rife: he wins the Grand Prix of sculpture in Paris in 1889 and in 1890, the diploma of honor of Antwerp in 1892, once again the grand prize of sculpture in Paris in 1900. Gabriele d ' Annunzio pronounced a vibrant homage in 19004. But during those years, he worked mainly in drawing and lived in recluse. It is the Duchess of Aosta who convinces him to participate in the VIII Biennial of Venice with drawings of the people of Naples that make him famous. He did not take up sculpture again until 1909. His taste was gradually influenced by symbolism. At the end of his life, he turns to goldsmiths, working gold and silver. His delicate goldsmith pieces are greatly admired today. In 1952, a stamp of the Italian Post celebrates the centenary of his birth. see wikipedia.