In the Library. Pio Ricci (Italian, 1850-1919). Oil on canvas.
Ricci was a student of the Accademia di Belle Arte in Florence, and predictably showed most of his works there, though he was known to have exhibited in Turin also. The artist was incredibly skilled at painting detail. He exhibited this most successfully in the fabrics in the dresses of his subjects which are on a par with those of Charles Soulacroix.
The Love Letter (1875). Pio Ricci (Italian, Academic, Classical, 1850-1919). Oil on canvas.
The heroines of Ricci’s elegant paintings are often beautiful women wearing luxurious, silky fabrics. The Love Letter is a fine example of this artist’s ability to use the canvas to express suspense and emotion.