Bazzaro Leonardo, Fishermen in Chioggia – Boat on the Lagoon
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1,930 - 1,935; oil on panel
cm. 40 x 50
Signed, with dedication, bottom left: “Al pittore amico C. Vinzio/ L. Bazzaro”; on the back of the panel, top right, in ink: “Guglielmi”
Inventory: AH01678AFC
Provenance: Milan, Giulio Cesare Vinzio Collection; Milan, Galleria Guglielmi (in 1941); Ronco Briantino, Aroldo Giovanni Lotasi Collection (in 1992)
Exibition: 1941, Milano, Galleria Guglielmi, n. 25

Displayed with many other works in the solo exhibition devoted to the artist at the Galleria Guglielmi, Milan, in 1941, the painting originally came from the collection owned by the painter Giulio Cesare Vinzio (Livorno, 1881 – Milan, 1940). The autograph dedication attests to a close friendship between the two artists in the 1930s, or thereabouts, when Vinzio was living in Milan and was an honorary member of the Brera Academy.

The work in the Cariplo Collection, erroneously identified recently by scholars as Boat on the Lagoon, can be ascribed to the last decade of the artist’s career. As in the canvases Fire! Fire!, Chioggia and To the Bank, the viewpoint is probably located along the Vena Canal, enlivened here by three fishermen busy with their nets.

During the years of radical artistic renewal in the third decade of the 20th century, the painter clung to the subjects that had contributed to the success of Lombard Naturalism. On this canvas he fixed, albeit with a new terse facture, the memory of a scene he had observed many times from the banks of Chioggia’s canals, as a sign of friendship for the young fellow artist to whom the work is dedicated.

Sources:Archivio Storico Intesa Sanpaolo, Patrimonio archivistico Cariplo, Opere d’arte. Atti d’acquisto ex Cariplo. Fald. 3/3, pratica n. 879 R/908

Bibliography

Mostra di 46 opere di Leonardo Bazzaro, catalogo della mostra, Milano, Galleria Gugliemi, 30 ottobre-12 novembre 1941, Tip. A. Lucini, Milano, s. d. [1941], n. 25, s.p., tav. n. 22, s.p.;
Sergio Rebora, Leonardo Bazzaro, Barca in Laguna, in Sergio Rebora, a cura di, Le collezioni d’arte. L’Ottocento, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde, Milano, 1999, n. 17, p. 79, ill.;
Francesco Luigi Maspes e Enzo Savoia, Pescatori a Chioggia, in Francesco Luigi Maspes e Enzo Savoia, a cura di, Leonardo Bazzaro. Catalogo ragionato delle opere, Antiga Edizioni, Treviso, 2011, n. 1095, p. 431

Laura Casone
 
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