N06041 Five Figures c.1936
Inscribed 'SIRONI' b.r.
Tempera on canvas, 17 3/4 x 23 3/4 (44 x 59)
Presented by Mr and Mrs Eric Estorick 1952
Prov: Mr and Mrs Eric Estorick, London (purchased from the artist)
Exh: First Exhibition in England of Works by the Italian Master Mario Sironi, St George's Gallery, London, October-November 1948 (34, repr.) as 'Cinque Figure'
Lit: Agnoldomenico Pica, Mario Sironi (Milan 1955), p.53
According to a letter from the Galleria Il Milione in May 1953 (apparently written after showing a photograph to the artist), this picture was executed in 1937-8 and is a study for a mural in the Ca'Foscari in Venice. Its relationship to this mural painting, which is in fresco, is however somewhat remote. Although the mural also has five figures, they are differently arranged: one is seated and another shown in a rhetorical posture with the legs apart and carrying a shield…