This is an original watercolor heightened by gum Arabic and painted on card. It is signed by the artist, Alberto Trevisan, who was born in Italy in 1919 and died in 1978. He was influenced creatively by the 1930s in which many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and characterized the political atmosphere of the era. In the United States, the Great Depression had a severe impact on artistic output, and artists began to focus on the idea of modesty and of the ordinary man on the streets. The focus of art in the United States also began to take a more political turn for the first time, and artists used these subjects and ideas to endeavor to impact society. Subjects such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers’ strikes became prevalent in the work of many artists.
Trevisan shows a peasant gondolier plying his trade. It is framed and matted measuring 17″ x 23″ and the image size, not shown in its entire size here, is 6.5″ x 12.5″. It is in excellent condition.