Italo Barrel-Botti (1923-2003) American
Italo Barrel-Botti (1923-2003) American, "Passengers Boarding a Cruise Ship", signed center right, oil on canvas, 24" x 36"; framed 25" x 37".
This cheerful work, painted with Barrel's signature palette knife, depicts passengers boarding a pleasure boat on a bright sunny day. The mountains in the background suggest Greece or elsewhere in the Mediterranean. The three figures in the foreground, moving toward the crowd and framed by the reflection of the ship, serve as a transition from the calm landscape on the left to the hectic scene on the right, effectively dividing the painting into three vertical strips, each a complete thought within the unified whole.
America c. 1970
24" x 36"
For whatever reasons, Italo Barrel-Botti went by several names: George Barrel-Botti, Italo Barrel-Botti and George Barrel among them. He was born in New York in 1923 and studied at Columbia University, the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Art, the Leonardo da Vinci School of Art in New York, and the Art Students League of New York, where he eventually became a teacher.
In an undated artist's statement, he writes, "Barrel's work has been featured in exhibitions at the National Academy of Design, New York; Allied Artists of America; American Watercolor Society; Audobon Society; Salmagondi Club New York Town Hall; and American Society of Casien Painters.
"His paintings depict pleasant country scenes, as well as sunny beaches,
sailing boats and colorful floral arrangements."
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