LUIGI CORBELLINI (Italian, 1901-1968)
    Girl in a Green Scarf, circa 1950
    Oil on canvas
    15-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches (39.4 x 26.7 cm)
    Signed lower left: Corbellini

    Purchased from Cowie Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

    Born in Piacenza, Italy, Luigi Corbellini went to France as a young man fresh from the art academies of Milan and Turin. A series of fortunate encounters in Deauville and Paris launched him on a successful career as a painter, which earned him popularity in the United States and Asia toward the end of his life. In the fashionable seaside resort of Deauville in 1924, Corbellini made the acquaintance of Robert de Rothschild who invited him to paint a portrait of his daughter which was so admired that it led to a flood of commissions for the artist, both of children, and of thoroughbred horses! He was able to maintain a spacious studio in Paris, and exhibited regularly in the Salons de la Nationale, d'Automne, des Tuileries and des Independents. The present work is characteristic of his subjects, usually half- to bust-length portraits of young children, painted with vibrant color and spirited brushwork influenced by Matisse and the Fauves. During and immediately following the Second World War, Corbellini became well known for a poignant series of paintings of women and children carrying bundles, displaced by the ravages of war. In Girl with a Green Scarf, there are vestiges of this earlier body of work in the thoughtful and slightly wistful expression of a young person who seems to have wisdom beyond her years. Paul enjoyed this painting for many years in the living room of his Desert Hot Springs home.

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    Very good original condition in original frame.

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