Provenance:Artist's family, by descent; ;
Galleria Gian Ferrari, Milan;
Italy, private collection.
Libero Andreotti, exhibition catalogue, Villa Sismondi Valchiusa 1976, no. 64;
Libero Andreotti, exhibition catalogue, Castello Estense, Mesola 1993, p.62;
Scultura italiana del primo novecento, exhibition catalogue, Rome 1993, p.28;
Il Deco in Italia, exhibition catalogue, Chiostro del Bramante, Rome 2004, p.68.
Libero Andreotti, Villa Sismondi Valchiusa 1976; Libero Andreotti, Castello Estense, Mesola, 1993; Scultura italiana del primo novecento, Rome 1993; Il Dèco in Italia, Chiostro del Bramante, Rome 2004.
Further information:Libero Andreotti came to sculpture relatively late in his artistic development, it was not until 1902, when he was encouraged by other artist friends, like Galileo Chini, to continue in this field. Between 1907 and 1914 Libero Andreotti travelled to Paris, often staying for prolonged periods of time. It was here, influenced by the work of Auguste Rodin and Antoine Bourdelle, among others, that his technique developed further.
The subject and style of Woman drying herself comes out of this artistic maturity that he developed in Paris, observing the creative milieu of the French capital. The nude figure is depicted in an unusual moment of intimacy, unabashed and with a gentle harmonious gesture, she holds a towel in her left hand that frames the entire ride side of her figure. The carving of the Istrian stone is particularly subtle in the smooth skin, which is contrasted with the handling of the towel, creating the effect of thick warm fabric. This fabric flows to form sensual folds, reminiscent of saintly drapery.
This allusion to religious imagery, as well as the clear reference to study of classical Venuses is not coincidental here. Andreotti combines these historical influences, with an original modern attitude. The formation of the figure is also a nod towards the work of Aristride Maillol (1861-1944), seen through the unidealised approach to the proportions of the female form, and at the same time synthesising this with his own heritage of Tuscan mannerism.