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Large vintage nude portrait oil painting of a woman sitting.  This is a gorgeous, colourful and exceptional nude oil painting by Pio Santini, signed in the lower right. A young woman sits for the artist in a bedroom, she grooms her hair, after her bath or shower.  The tonal elements of her body are fabulous, layers of creams, peaches and browns carve out a statuesque figure.  The use of both brush and knife by the artist adds interest to the eye and texture to the touch.  The lilac hues of the chair are echoed in her hair whilst the white robe or towel glistens in impasto thickened texture, lavished by the artist's hand to bring a balanced composition in relation to the white bedding.


Medium: Oil on stretched canvas

Overall size: 24ins x 29ins or 60cms x 73cms (approx size including frame)

Date: 1940's

Signed: Santini - Pio Santini (1908-1986) Pio was a painter of figure compositions, figures, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes and waterscapes.  He showed his talents early in life and at the age of 16 made a sculpture of the head of Dante Alighieri. Count Colonna, a friend of the family, was struck by the quality of the work and commissioned the young Pio to do a bust of him.  So impressed by his work, the Count introduced him to the sculptor Carlo Fontana (1865-1956). Later, Pio attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.

In 1933 he moved to Paris Montparnasse area where he lived for more than 50 years. 

He held various exhibitions in Rome, Tokyo and Paris and was awarded the 
grand-prix du Salon des Artistes français (1970), médaille d'or du Salon des Artistes français (1971), prix Ernest Marché (1974), grand-prix du Salon des Artistes français (1974).

Condition:  This painting is in good condition overall, however it is not without imperfections. There are small areas   of missing paint and craquelure.

This painting is sent fully insured, track and trace with Colissimo.

Sitting Nude by Pio Santini


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