"Nonna Ida", 1935-1936


“That grandmother had always nourished a hope that one of her grandchildren would become a painter [...] She was my first model, although in truth all my brothers were also pressed into service [...] Sometimes my rage at my subjects’ inability to stay still made me think of tying the models down [...] I came to prefer sleeping subjects, and my granny, with her heart trouble, became my favourite"*

* Emilio Vedova, Pagine di diario, Galleria Blu Editrice, Milan, 1961