1877: At 17 years old, Vincenzo Irolli discovers at the Exposition Nationale, which is held in Naples, the artworks of Achille d’Orsi and Francesco Paolo Michetti. Irolli at that moment had a revelation that he wanted to start painting.
In the same year, he enrolls in the Académie des Beaux-arts of Naples.
1879: Irolli was the student of Gioacchino Toma and Federico Maldarelli. He wins first place in the XVth Exposition Salvator Rosa. This event makes him famous among the general public, and it marks the start of his artistic career and his commercial success.
1883-1895: Ragozzino, an art dealer, supervises the distribution of his artworks.
1890-1920: Irolli becomes the member of the artistic circle at the University of Naples.
Irolli was a realist painter and he liked to paint scenes of everyday life. His artworks are a testimony of how people exist in the world, and to show the time period he lived in. Irolli is particularly fond of portraits and it is apparent through his artworks that he was influenced by Antonio Mancini.
His appeal for the Modernist movement, in which he will become one of the main representatives, pushes him to ignore criticism from conservative critics. Irolli paints what he feels with emotion and he gives his own special touch of intrinsic singularity. His disregard for the criticism from conservative critics pushed him to exhibit at the Biennale of Venice at more than sixty years old, even if his paintings were widely recognized and appreciated abroad, more specifically in Germany.
Our painting, Summer Thirst, gives us the view of a joyous drinker.
The way the painting is painted with large areas of strong colors gives us a vision of a joyous man (who is happy probably from drunkenness). The colors blue, green, and bright red, give the painting an indisputable strength.
Florence, Galeria D’Arte Moderna, Pitti Palace
Naples, Museo di Capodimonte
Paris, Petit Palais
Palermo, Modern Art Gallery Sant’Anna
Turin, Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino
Enzo & Laura SAVOIA, Vincenzo Irolli. Il pittore del sole, 2002, Bottegantica.
Price : on request
Price : on request