Another Sketch


Here is a quick sketch of a terra cotta bust by Vincenzo Gemito of Italy in 1880.

The subject is Charlotte Meissonier, godchild of Gemito’s student, Edouard Detaille, who became semi-official artist to the French army.  Was Charlotte the daughter of self-taught Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier, another accomplished artist?  I was not able to find out.

Gemito was orphaned as a child but was adopted by a poor sculptor.  He went on to study under two other sculptors and at 16, first sold a work of his own.  He built a bronze foundry in Naples in 1883, but suffered a mental collapse 4 years later.  It wasn’t until 22 years later, in 1909, that he resumed sculpting.  Fortunately, he lived another 20 productive years.

Vincenzo Gemito – an inspiring story of overcoming adversity.


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