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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fortunino Matania

Yesterday I took a break from scanning to write a biographical sketch of artist Fortunino Matania. A wonderful artist, his drawings were almost photographs, recording events from the early days of the 20th century on through the 1930s. As real photographs took over the job of recording history, Matania continued to produce stunning paintings and illustrations until his death in 1963.

As a treat, I thought you might like this, a British Pathe News film clip from 1932 showing Matania at work in his studio. Click on the picture below to go to the British Pathe website.



(* © British Pathe Ltd.)

3 comments:

Manuel Deskartes said...

Great gift. MATANIA is one of the greats.
Thank you very much.
Manuel

Anonymous said...

fortunino matania was a relative of mine :D

Steve said...

Hi Anonymous,

You'll see from the post that there's a book about his artwork in the works to which I've contributed a small piece. If you know anything about him, perhaps you could drop me a line - my address is just below the photo, top left.