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  After the duel
Antonio Mancini (1852-1930) Italian impressionist
Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin
Oil on canvas
162 x 105 cm

From: Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna

The young Neapolitan boy who modelled as a scugnizzo, or street urchin, and acrobat for a great many of Mancini's paintings, appears here in elegant bourgeois clothes. This juvenile work captures a moment of dramatic theatricality in which the concern on the boy’s face and the shadow which looms to the left make interpretation of the subject, suspended midway between reality and fiction, all the more mysterious. The atmosphere is further heightened by the colours used, the orange-yellow of the rear wall on which the shadows produced by the black tunic linger in contrast with the dazzling white of the shirt in the foreground. E. B. 1872 oil on canvas 162 x 105 cm, In. P/1118 Purchased from Eugenio Ventura, Turin, 1935



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