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Vittorio Rappini
Café in Iraq

The Painting
A watercolour measuring 13½” x 10”. Signed Rappini. Inscribed verso: ‘Café in Iraq’.

About the Artist
Vittorio Rappini (1877-1939) was an Italian painter who specialised in watercolours of the Middle East. He travelled in Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and Tunisia.

The Subject
Café in Iraq. A fine example of the artist’s skill in depicting perspective. The eye of the viewer is led from the basket-carrying figure in the foreground to the Moorish arch in the background. The strong play of sunlight and shade highlights the architectural features, contrasted against the bright blue sky.

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