Valerio Fraschetti (1910-1977) - Horses Bolting in the Woods - Scene from Orlando Furioso Woodcut circa 1930-50s AP1631
A mysterious and haunting forest scene. Three horses fleeing in a driving rain that is lashing the branches of the trees, a man holding his head in anguish seated in the lee of two jagged stumps.
Plate measures 11 1/2" x 11 1/2", paper is 14" x 14". Signed and numbered 18/25.
Born and lived in Rome. As a pupil of Duilio Cambellotti and Ferruccio Ferrazzi at the Academy of Fine Arts, Valerio Fraschetti trained in oils and fresco and printmaking, and worked with distinction in all these fields. He was particularly noted for his work in etching, xylographs and drypoints, deriving inspiration from the great classic works of Italian and Roman literature, especially Dante's The Divine Comedy, Pascoli's Odes and the XXX Canto of Ariosto's Orlando Furioso. this print very much belongs to this particularly poetically derived oeuvre.