The authenticity of this work has been kindly confirmed by Professor Annie-Paule Quinsac on the basis of a photograph.
Fornara's artistic education was pursued at the Scuola d'Arte di Santa Maria Maggiore, from 1884 to 1891, where he studied under Enrico Cavalli, a major influence in Fornara's career. In 1894, the artist made his first trip to France, where he settled in Lyon. There, he made a living by photographing bourgeois clients. Returning to Italy in 1899 he exhibited at the Venice Biennale and shortly afterwards began his association with divisionist artists. Divisionism, based on the use of pure unmixed pigments in small areas so that intermediate colours are formed by optical illusion, was a movement originated by French artist Georges Seurat that stood against the empirical nature of Impressionist painting. Fornara quickly gained international notoriety and, with the help of dealer Grubicy became a highly successful artist. He retired in 1921, but continued to work primarily on works of small dimensions.