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Lot 3109: Jose Pancetti Original oil on canvas from 1940 46 x 38 cm
29 October 2016
Chicago, IL, USALive Auction
Description: Jose Pancetti (1902-1958) Original oil on canvas 46 x 38 cm. Hand signed. Born into a humble family of immigrants from Tuscany, Italy. He lived in Campinas until he was 10 years old, when his father, a master carpenter, moved to São Paulo,and then to Italy, to live under the care of grandparents. He was a sailor in the Italian merchant navy, where he learned the seafaring profession. Back in Brazil he was a painter of walls and posters, which seems to have been his first contact with painting. Then, in 1922, Pancetti enlisted into the Brazilian Navy, where he was to remain for 24 years, until 1946. The discovery of painting aboard the Navy ships, Pancetti was given the task of painting hulls, walls, etc. He did this with such a zeal that his fame spread throughout the Navy until an admiral created a cadre of experts in the profession and appointed Pancetti as its first teacher of painting. And so Pancetti began to draw and to paint postcards with landscapes, seascapes and romantic sceneries. Arts Exhibition). He was invited again in 1934, 1936, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1947 and 1948. In 1941 he was awarded one of the prizes, which gave out an educational trip to Europe. His first solo exhibition took place 10 years later, in 1945, featuring more than 70 of his paintings. His first international exhibition took place in 1950 at the Venice Biennale. The following year, he was accepted at the first International Art Biennial of Art São Paulo. Pancetti suffered from tuberculosis and died in 1958 in Brazil. He specialized in painting seascapes ("marinhas", in Portuguese) and is notable for that. While living, Pancetti enjoyed a relatively late recognition. His production was not very prolific, so his paintings are rare and in the hands mostly of private collectors. After his death, his fame grew very much, and his paintings are highly valued and command one of the best selling prices among Brazilian modernist painters.
Condition Report: This is in excellent condition.