Ciardi Guglielmo, Fondamenta
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1,903 - 1,910; oil on canvas
cm. 35,7 x 65
Signed bottom left: “CIARDI”
Inventory: AH01520AFC
Provenance: Finarte, Auction 537, Milan, 18 March 1986

Ascribable to the last period of Ciardi’s career, Fondamenta depicts a view of the Giudecca Canal. The quay of the island – possibly the stretch along the Fondamenta San Giacomo – is marked by a diagonal row of bricole (posts indicating the navigable limits of the lagoon) which follow the line leading to the vanishing point, thus reprising the compositional scheme of Giudecca Canal painted two decades earlier. Silhouetted in the distance are various buildings and the Molino Stucky factory chimney, erected towards 1903 to replace the old one when the factory, which then produced pasta, was enlarged.


In choosing this place, Ciardi returns to a subject he had treated many times in his landscape painting, but approaches it in a way almost identical to Giudecca Canal (Genoa, Raccolte Frugone), also executed when he was getting on in years. At this point in his career he was receptive to the more modern styles of artists like Pietro Fragiacomo. In fact, the real life scenes he observed were rendered in images where the human element – which characterises Venice Lagoon with Fisherman and Gondola on the Lagoon – became secondary and gave way to a more intimate perception of things and places – not unrelated to the Decadent sensibility of the period. In this painting, the handling is freer: the waters of the lagoon are depicted with sweeping brushstrokes and the inhabitants of the Giudecca Island become indistinct patches of colour.


Sources:Archivio Storico Intesa Sanpaolo, Patrimonio Cariplo, Opere d’arte. Atti d’acquisto ex Cariplo. Fald. 2/3, pratica n. 879 R/698


Dipinti del XIX secolo, Asta 537, Finarte, Milano, 1986, n. 265, p. 120, ill.;
Tesori d'arte delle banche lombarde, Associazione Bancaria Italiana, Milano, 1995, p. 236, ill. n. 441;
Sergio Rebora, Guglielmo Ciardi, Fondamenta, in Sergio Rebora, a cura di, Le collezioni d’arte. L’Ottocento, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde, Milano, 1999, n. 60, p. 134, ill.;
Nico Stringa, a cura di, Guglielmo Ciardi. Catalogo generale dei dipinti, Regione del Veneto, Antiga Edizioni, Crocetta del Montello, 2007, n. 230, p. 249, ill. p. 147

Laura Casone
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