Farina Guido, Summer Morning on the Adige – The Banks of the Adige at Verona
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1,925; oil on plywood
cm. 40,3 x 49,8
Signed and dated bottom right: "G. Farina / 925"
Inventory: AI00041AFC
Provenance: Milan, Società per le Belle Arti ed Esposizione Permanente (1926)
Exibition: 1926, Milano, Palazzo della Permanente, Prima mostra d'arte del Novecento Italiano, n. 48

The painting, purchased from the Milan Società per le Belle Arti ed Esposizione Permanente on the occasion of the 1st Mostra del Novecento Italiano mounted in 1926, depicts a view of Verona. The composition is divided into two parts: the lower section shows the River Adige while the upper section features urban buildings, some of which are still under construction.

This painting is one of a series of works in Novecento style executed between 1923 and 1927 and characterised by the representation of solid volumes bathed in a cold bright light. The details of the passersby and the windows of the buildings are meticulously rendered, conferring a narrative dimension on the work, which makes it similar to Castellammare by Donato Frisia.

Guido Farina’s participation in the two Novecento Italiano exhibitions (in 1926 and 1929) was crucial to his career and his contacts, since he subsequently established a close friendship with Arturo Tosi and Filippo De Pisis. In those years the exhibition system and Milan collectors favoured this Venetian artist who became famous for his cityscapes and lake scenes.

Sources:Archivio Storico Intesa Sanpaolo, Patrimonio Cariplo, Fondo Storico, Spese. Addenda. Fald.1, pratica no. 8637, 6 April 1926

Bibliography

Novecento Italiano, Catalogo della Prima Mostra d’arte, catalogo della mostra, Milano, Palazzo della Società per le Belle Arti ed Esposizione Permanente, febbraio – marzo 1926, Arti Grafiche Enrico Gualdoni, Milano, 1926, n. 48, p. 37, s. ill.;
Francesco Butturini - Giorgio Cortenova, a cura di, Guido Farina, catalogo della mostra,Verona, Palazzo Forti, 16 maggio-21 giugno 1992, Mondadori, Milano, 1992, p. 136 (Lungo Adige a Verona, s. n.);
Paola Zatti, Guido Farina, Mattino d'estate sull'Adige o Lungo Adige a Verona, in Sergio Rebora, a cura di, Le collezioni d'arte. Il Novecento, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Province Lombarde, Milano, 2000, n. 114, pp. 142-143, ill.

Antonella Crippa
 
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