Bazzaro Leonardo, Young Woman from Ciociara
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1,877; oil on canvas
cm. 54,5 x 44,5
Signed and dated on the stretcher, centre left: “BAZZARO L./ 1877”
Inventory: AH00007AFC
Exibition: 1876, Firenze, n. 14; 1876, Torino, n. 168; 2008-2009, Bergamo, s. n.

This painting is one of the artist’s rare early studies, but it has not been possible to establish its provenance due to a lack of documentary sources. Dated 1877, it displays similarities with the two Half-length Figures shown the following year at the Esposizione dell’Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. This was the first time that Bazzaro had shown studies of figures in Milan, after achieving considerable success with the perspective view in previous years. This success was actually crowned in 1878, when his painting Room in Palazzo Verri was awarded the Fumagalli Prize, and another of his works, set in the church of S. Maria delle Grazie, won the perspective painting competition organised by the Istituzione Girotti.

Nonetheless, he also seemed to have a feeling for portraiture when he was still a student: sources of the period recount that he was always immortalising his companions at the Academy in dashed-off sketches, even earning himself the nickname “Little Velázquez”. One of these early pieces was Portrait of the Milanese Artist Amero Cagnone as a Youth, now in the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan.

In Young Woman from Ciociara the figure is enriched by the interest in traditional costume; in fact, very early on Bazzaro followed a line of research similar to that pursued by other exponents of Lombard Naturalism such as Filippo Carcano and Emilio Gola, as can be seen from two of their works inspired by the places and traditions of popular life, Peasant Family in the Veneto Region and Washerwomen on the Naviglio, featured in the Collection.  By contrast, the pictorial handling – on unprepared canvas – reveals a close affinity with the approach of the Scapigliatura movement: the face has a subtle quality that overtly reprises the lesson of Tranquillo Cremona, while the rapid touches of bright coral red accentuate the ribbons of the costume and the necklace worn by the young woman from Ciociara.

Bibliography

All'Esposizione di belle Arti V, in "Gazzetta di Torino", a . XVII, n. 131, 11 maggio 1876;
Catalogo degli oggetti d'arte ammessi alla XXXV Esposizione, catalogo della mostra, Torino, Società Promotrice delle Belle Arti, s.n., Torino, 1876, n. 168, p. 12 (La genovese);
Catalogo delle opere ammesse alla Esposizione Solenne della Società d'incoraggiamento delle Belle Arti in Firenze nell'anno 1876, catalogo della mostra, Firenze, 1876, n. 14, p. 6 (Costume genovese);
Sergio Rebora, Leonardo Bazzaro, Ciociara o Giovinetta, in Sergio Rebora, a cura di, Le collezioni d’arte. L’Ottocento, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde, Milano, 1999, n. 7, pp. 65-66, ill. p. 66;
Fernando Noris, a cura di, Ottocento tra realtà e sogno. Il lungo secolo della pittura italiana e lombarda, catalogo della mostra, Bergamo, Spazio Viterbi, 28 novembre 2008 - 22 febbraio 2009, Provincia di Bergamo - Fondazione Cariplo, Bergamo - Milano, 2008, ill. p. 44;
Elisabetta Chiodini, Leonardo Bazzaro. Una vita per la pittura, in Francesco Luigi Maspes e Enzo Savoia, a cura di, Leonardo Bazzaro. Catalogo ragionato delle opere, Antiga Edizioni, Treviso, 2011, nota n. 29, p. 38;
Francesco Luigi Maspes e Enzo Savoia, La genovese, in Francesco Luigi Maspes e Enzo Savoia, a cura di, Leonardo Bazzaro. Catalogo ragionato delle opere, Antiga Edizioni, Treviso, 2011, n. 41, p. 186 (datato 1876)

 
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