Ciardi Guglielmo, Venice Lagoon with Fisherman – Fisherman in the Lagoon
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1,880 - 1,885; oil on canvas
cm. 47 x 82
Signed bottom left: “CIARDI”
Inventory: AH01357AFC
Provenance: Milan, Luciano Tomelleri Collection (in 1982)
Exibition: 1998-1999, Monza, n. 59; 2018-2019, Bergamo, n. 67

Purchased from a private collector in 1982, the painting depicts a young fisherman standing in the Venetian lagoon on a brilliant blue morning. The subject was treated several times by the painter from the 1870s on, but in this canvas the handling is more confident and less analytical than in others like In the valley - Venetian Lagoon, which enables us to date it to some years later. With respect to the latter, the figure of the fisherman is central here, in keeping with the animated view favoured by the artist, which we also find in Giudecca Canal and Gondola on the Lagoon, and which characterises the landscape painting of other Veneto artists like Pietro Fragiacomo, as attested by his Lagoonscape with Boats (Milan, Intesa Sanpaolo Collection). The Cariplo canvas has a greater immediacy, however. The fisherman is depicted as he lifts up his net and walks towards the shore; the horizon is barely delineated by spots of colour indicating a town in the distance and there are several boats, depicted with rapid touches, sailing across the lagoon. The close observation and pictorial rendering of real life in this picture show that Ciardi’s landscape painting was profoundly influenced by the Macchiaioli and the anti-academic Scuola di Resina, with whom he trained respectively in Florence and Naples. It is therefore no accident that this work can be compared to Studio by Edoardo Dalbono in the Cariplo Collection, which, even though the subject is different, reveals the same vision of light expressed through the dazzling blue of the sky.

Sources:Archivio Storico Intesa Sanpaolo, Patrimonio Cariplo, Opere d’arte. Atti d’acquisto ex Cariplo. Fald. 2/3, pratica n. 879 R/583 Exhibitions 1998–1999, Monza, no. 59

Bibliography

Anna Ranzi, Guglielmo Ciardi, Laguna di Venezia con pescatore, in Tesori d'arte delle banche lombarde, Associazione Bancaria Italiana, Milano, 1995, n. 443, p. 237, ill.;
Anna Ranzi, Guglielmo Ciardi, Laguna di Venezia con pescatore, in Carlo Pirovano, a cura di, Luci e colori del vero. Genti e paesi nella pittura veneta e lombarda dalle collezioni Ambroveneto-Banca Intesa e Fondazione Cariplo, catalogo della mostra, Monza, Serrone della Villa Reale, 20 novembre 1998 - 24 gennaio 1999, Electa, Milano, 1998, n. 59, p. 126, ill.;
Sergio Rebora, Guglielmo Ciardi, Laguna di Venezia con pescatore, in Sergio Rebora, a cura di, Le collezioni d’arte. L’Ottocento, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde, Milano, 1999, n. 58, pp. 131-132, ill. p. 131;
Giuseppe Pavanello, Venezia: dall'età neoclassica alla “scuola del vero”, in Giuseppe Pavanello, a cura di, La pittura nel Veneto. L'Ottocento, vol. I, Giunta Regionale del Veneto, Electa, Milano, 2002, p. 68, ill. n. 116, p. 75 (Pescatore in laguna);
Nico Stringa, a cura di, Guglielmo Ciardi. Catalogo generale dei dipinti, Regione del Veneto, Antiga Edizioni, Crocetta del Montello, 2007, n. 133, p. 222, ill. (Pescatore in laguna);
Elena Lissoni e Lucia Molino, a cura di, L’Incanto svelato. L’arte della meraviglia da Tiepolo a Manzù, catalogo della mostra, Bergamo, Palazzo Polli Stoppani, 1 dicembre 2018 - 24 febbraio 2019, Silvana editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo, 2018, n. 67, pp. 98-99

Laura Casone
 
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