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Franco Matania (1922-2006) - 20th Century Chalk Drawing



Layers of whispy chalk lines build up a compelling portrait of a bearded man in a hat. The artwork Captures the scored nature of the weathered subject's face and is signed in the lower right. Well presented in a gilded wood frame with a washline mount. On wove.


In fine condition.


42 x 33.5cm (16.5" x 13.2")
Framed Size: 68 x 59.5cm (26.8" x 23.4")

Collection Information

Sulis Fine Art is proud to present this significant collection of works, directly from the studio of the late Franco Matania (1922-2016). The collection features fine figure studies, bold portraits, delicate still life paintings, and charming landscape views in various mediums. Provenance: Studio of Franco Matania (1922-2016); thence by descent to his son Luis Matania.

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Artist Biography

Franco Matania (1922-2016) was born in Naples, Italy, and was a pupil of his uncle, the distinguished artist and illustrator Fortunino Matania RI (1881-1963). In 1935, he gained British nationality, becoming a member of the United Society of Artists, the Society of Graphic Fine Art, and an Associate of the Society of Equestrian Artists. The artist's outstanding technical ability and classical realist style granted him much commercial success.

He painted in various mediums, though he mainly used conté and pastel. Matania's preferred subjects include ballet dancers, still life studies and equestrian subjects. Matania showed at the Mall Galleries, NS, ROI, RA, Royal Institute of Painters in watercolours and at the Tanisia Gallery in New York. He also exhibited as a solo artist in various other galleries, such as the Alpine Gallery and Campbell & Franks.

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Code qf068
Artist Franco Matania (1922-2006)
Date 20th Century
Dimensions 42 x 33.5cm
Medium Pastel
Style Impressionism
Subject Portrait
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