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Alberto Falchetti

John Singer Sargent American

Not on view

Alberto Falchetti (1878–1956) was one of a group of northern Italian artists with whom Sargent formed strong bonds of friendship when he went to paint in the Val d’Aosta in Italy. The imagery in Falchetti’s alpine subjects is often strikingly similar to that found in Sargent’s work, and they must have painted side by side on occasion. An inscription on the reverse of the canvas suggests that this portrait was created at Giomein, on the Italian side of Monte Cervino (the Matterhorn), where Sargent visited in the summer of 1905.
The young Falchetti exudes self-confidence and the stylish persona of an artist. Handsome, saturnine, heavily bearded, and dressed in black, he looks out at us with a decidedly theatrical air. His broad-brimmed hat indicates that he has been or is about to go outdoors—perhaps to paint. On the shelf behind Falchetti, there is a pot with paintbrushes.

Alberto Falchetti, John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London), Oil on canvas, American

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