Oil on Canvas Italian Street Market Scene by Giuseppe Pitto (Italian 1857-1928)


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Giuseppe Pitto (Italian 1857 – 1928) is often known for his paintings depicting pretty women in Italian street markets. This exuberantly painted scene is done in the realist style. Realism emerged as a major art movement from 1840 to 1900. It was a rejection of romanticism and aimed at depicting the world as it truly exists without the influences of imagination, idealism, emotion, or style. The painting features a young woman in a bustling street market. There is a juxtaposition between her robust pale form in comparison to the workers and villagers behind her. The shadows on the right, create an illusion of depth and space, clearly highlighting her as the focus. To the left of her is a void space that creates the illusion of where the artist would have been. Pitto’s use of a warm color palette produces a sense of excitement as well as mimicking sunbeams. In the background, the buildings, villagers, and stands have all been painted with small brushstrokes, unblended color, and the impression of form, generating a sense of movement. Pitto’s signature is on the bottom left. Overall, this painting embodies the realist style and liveliness of shopping in an Italian market. Create a different look with a modern frame or use the original fame it comes with.

With Gilt Frame: H= 29. in. W= 38 in. D= 2.5 in., 10 lbs.
Canvas only: H= 23.5 in. W= 31.5 in.

Additional information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions L 2.5 x W 38 x H 29 in
Style / Period


Year / Century

Late 19th Century

Place of Origin



Oil on Canvas / Gilt/ Wood / Gesso


The painting has been recently professionally cleaned and revarnished (see image) to promote longevity. A non-yellowing removable varnish was applied to protect the paint layer and unify the luster.

The frame is giltwood and gesso. There is wear on the gold leaf from age. There are some flea-bit cracks and chips on the frame. The lower right-side corner of the frame has been repaired (see images). There is a tiny ding on the top left back of the wooden frame that is not visible (see image). The frame was surface cleaned using dry mechanical methods from all sides.

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