Naples life which was to see him become the undisputed leader of the Verist approach. In the early 1870s he created portraits in terracotta and bronze of his artist friends and famous personalities, but his oeuvre is distinguished above all by the subjects taken from the world of ordinary people, youths and street urchins, depicted with remarkable veracity. As a result of the interest shown in him by art dealer Alphonse Goupil, his work was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1877, and he stayed in the city for a short period, striking up a friendship with the painter Ernest Meissonier. On his return to Naples in 1880, he created a series of works inspired by ancient Classical and Hellenistic sculpture, which won him international success and prestigious commissions. From 1887 onwards, with the onset of mental health problems, he shut himself off in voluntary isolation, devoting himself exclusively to graphic work. During the second decade of the 20th century he executed works with a mythological theme deriving from ancient models, made in silver and gold in the style of a goldsmith.