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This is a self portrait by Tranquillo Marangoni (1912-2022).

Born in NE Italy, Marangoni initially became familiar with woodworking tools through work making furniture, and later skis.
In 1942 he set up his first press, and created his first printed Ex-Libris bookplates.
He also worked creating carved panels for a local shipbuilder.
During WW2 he created false documents and passes for the partisan brigades, including identification cards for Jewish partisans.
Post war, Marangoni he participated in many exhibitions including a solo show in Trieste.
In 1958 he created his first set of postage stamps for the Italian Post Office.
Marangoni then moved to Genoa where he became Dean of the art school. He experimented in many fields from stained glass to tapestry weaving, but it is for his  woodcuts that he remains best known.
He was president of the Association of Italian woodcut artist. 

This small print is delightful. 
I’m not sure what it was intended for. Perhaps a book plate.The detail is extraordinary.
It’s incredible to think this is a woodcut. 

Initialed in the print TM, and dated 1948.

Signed in pencil.
The frame size is approximately 28cm x 23cm.

Tranquillo Marangoni Original Italian Woodcut Print. Hand Signed.1948 SOLD

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