Felice Boselli (1650 Piacenza– Parma 1732) operated in the area between Parma – Milan - Brescia and is one of the more significant artists specializing in still life in northern Italy. He may be seen as one of those artists exploring the more ‘vernacular’ style in Italian seventeenth century painting, which is a very characteristic (and as yet still not sufficiently explored) counterweight to the dominating, more representative, ecclesial and dynastical styles.
Boselli, as also his colleague Angelo Maria Crivelli absorbed northern elements in their realistic, sober and not-anecdotic representations (as instead painted his contemporary Cipper called il Todeschini).His figure pieces are rather rare, more frequently are his pure still life’s.
The monographs by Ferdinando Arisi are still valid, taken into account some corrections. His first monograph (1973) may have some wrong attributions, but gives a very good overall view of Boselli’s cultural background. Many corrections have been made in a subsequent work "Natura Morta tra Milano e Parma in età Barocca"
In the past his artistic profile has been clouded by many wrong attributions, but his real painterly quality is now emerging more clearly. Episodes from ‘real’ life, often figurative market pieces with a prominent still life make between € 50-70 000. Still lifes with flowers are also avidly collected. His other still lifes fetch prices that vary according to the character quality, and size and may be found between € 20 – 40 000.
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