We are pleased to introduce you to the works of art that will visit our school next week. For this reason we encourage you to read the following info and come prepared for this event.
LAND AND SEA
The six paintings that will visit our school are all images that show the important relationship that exists between people, the land and the sea. The paintings show scenes around harbours or peaceful images of the Mediterranean Sea. All the paintings were produced between the late 19th century and the 1950s. Five of them show Maltese scenes while the sixth is a picture of a boat in Amalfi (Italy) by an Italian painter. Below are some factual details and ideas. Unfortunately, very little factual information is available about some of the artists and works in this collection.
Anton Inglott (1915-1945)
Entrance to Quarantine Harbour and Msida from St Venera (Inv No 1121-22)
Early 20th century
Anton Inglott 1915-1945: his life and works / Emmanuel Fiorentino. – San Gwann: PEG, 2002
Anton Inglott 1915-1945 / Friends of the Cathedral Museum. – Mdina: The Friends of the Cathedral Museum,1988
The Maltese painter Anton Inglott was born in Hamrun (Malta), in 1915. He was one of the significant figures of 20th century Maltese painting. In 1930 he joined the newly found School of Art in Valletta, headed by the successful Maltese painter Edward Caruana Dingli (1876- 1950). In 1938 he won the bursary from the Government to study in Rome at the Accademia di Belle Arti, a destination of several young Maltese artists of that period, and he became a student of the Neapolitan artist Carlo Siviero (1882- 1953). He was inspired by the symbolists, and also by the Novecentist`s emphasis on using monumentality in their works. The Roman tonalisti`s resort to austere greyish tones must have also impressed him. In May 1940, on Italy`s entry in World War II, along with some other Maltese artists residing or studying in Rome, Anton Inglott returned to Malta. Four years later, in 1944 he married Mary Pitre de Martino and the following year, in 1945 he suffered from an aggravating illness and passed away at the young age of 35. His works included landscapes, portraits, still-life`s and caricatures and also a unique set of war drawings expressing solidarity with the sufferings of humanity. His sacred paintings, imbued with mysticism and spirituality, are probably what he is mostly known for. He has been categorized among those artists who are ‘inherently religious’.
Amalfi (In No 4433-4)
Oil on canvas
Property of Capr. Gollcher
This oil painting shows a colourful sailing boat on the ground near the sea at Amalfi in Italy. The Amalfi coast is well-known for its beautiful coastal scenery and is located in the southern Campania region of Italy.
Luigi Maria Galea (1847-1917)
Fort St Elmo by moonlight
Late 19th century
Oil on Canvas
Luigi Maria Galea was a Maltese painter specialising in landscapes and seascapes. This small painting is interesting because of its unusual lighting (it shows the sea and land painting at night time) and also because it shows the entrance to the Grand Harbour as it appeared to sailors coming to Malta over a hundred years ago.
Oil on Board
Brought from Auberge d’Italie on 8th August 1979
Exhibited at Biennale di Venezia 1958
Hugo Carbonaro was an important painter associated with the development of modern art in Malta in the 1950s. His son, Pawl Carbonaro, also became a painter and is one of the most important artists in Malta today (he lives in Gozo). This image of a tug boat in Marsa is interesting because it shows an industrial landscape, not a typical idyllic scene we might associate with landscape painting. It was exhibited in the famous Biennale di Venezia in 1958. The Biennale di Venezia takes place in Venice every two years and shows the work of the most famous contemporary artists from around the world. Malta participated in this exhibition only twice: in 1958 and in 1999. The painting shows us a general ‘impression’ of the scene (the painter does not show every single detail).
Malta looking towards Gozo
This small watercolour by a British painter depicts the simplicity and bareness of the Maltese landscape surrounded by the sea. No houses, people or human activities are visible.
Giuseppe Briffa 1901-1986
Around Gozo (1938)
Oil on Canvas
Double Landscape – Views of Gozo. Most probably depicting the Way to Sannat, in Gozo.
Citations for Sources:
The Joseph Briffa bequest (1987) and other works at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Malta / Dennis Vella. – St Venera : Heritage Malta ; Midsea Books ; 2006
Guzeppi Briffa, pittur Karkariz : 100 sena minn twelidu / migbur minn Philip Xuereb. – B’Kara : Il-Kunsill Lokali, 2001
Sacred art in Malta, 1890-1960 / edited by Gino Gauci ; the contributors, Peter Serracino Inglott, Lino Borg, Antonio Espinosa Rodriguez. – Valletta, Malta : Said International, 1990
Giuseppe Briffa painted many views of Gozo and also became well-known for his paintings in several Maltese and Gozitan churches.