1877: Irolli is 17 years old when he discovers, at the National Exhibition held in Naples, the works of Achilles d 'Orsi and Francesco Paolo Michetti. For him it is revelation: he will paint.
The same year he entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples.
1879: pupil Gioacchino Toma and Federico Maldarelli, he won first prize at the XV Salvator Rosa Exhibition. This event makes him famous among the general public and marks the beginning of his artistic career and his commercial success.
1883-1895: the art dealer Ragozzino oversees the distribution of his works.
1890-1920: member of the artistic circle of the University of Naples.
Irolli is a realistic painter. He likes to paint scenes of everyday life. His work is meant as a testimony of the existence of the people and their time. He is particularly fond of portraits. The influence of Antonio Mancini is very present.
His interest in the modernist movement - of which he will become one of the main representatives - pushes him to ignore conservative criticism. Irolli paints what he feels with emotion, giving his touch that intrinsic singularity. His contempt for contemporary criticism led him to exhibit at the Venice Biennale for more than sixty years, even though his works have been widely recognized and appreciated abroad, especially in Germany.
? Our painting "The thirst for summer" offers us the sight of a happy drinker.
The treatment of the painting, with large areas of strong colors, gives a joyous vision (can be that of drunkenness). The colors blue, green, and bright red give this painting an indisputable strength.
Florence, Modern Art Gallery, Pitti Palace
Naples, Museo di Capodimonte
Paris, Small Palace
Palermo, Modern Art Gallery
Turin, Modern Art Gallery
Enzo & Laura SAVOIA, Vincenzo Irolli. Il pittore del sole, 2002, Bottegantica.
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Price : on request