Bezzi Bartolomeo, Autumn

1,908; oil on panel
cm. 34 x 49
Signed and dated bottom right: "B. Bezzi 08"; on the back of the panel, top left in pencil: "B. Bezzi/ Autunno 1908"
Inventory: AH00010AFC
Provenance: Milan, Isabella Dal Lago Bezzi (until 1939)

The painting comes from the collection of Isabella Dal Lago, the painter’s widow, who sold it to Cariplo at the beginning of 1939, a few months after the major retrospective held at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan.
The work is dated 1908 and depicts a landscape bathed in golden autumnal light. Thin, rapid brushstrokes applied directly to the panel reveal the support in several places, suggesting that the work was an impression done from life.
After his training at the Brera Academy, Bezzi devoted himself from the outset to landscape painting, alternating views of the Trento valleys, Verona and Venice. Towards the end of the 19th century the  Naturalism of his youthful works becomes enriched by a special lyrical tone similar to that of contemporary French painting. A leading figure in the lively Venetian cultural circles, Bezzi  was one of the promoters of the first Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte di Venezia in 1895 and, for later editions, in his capacity as a member of the organising committee, he travelled to Scotland and England (in 1897), and to Germany and Austria (in 1898), where he was able to become acquainted with the latest artistic trends. From this he derived his own personal language concerned with the atmospheric values of light and aimed at translating the natural setting into images of intense lyricism, as attested by works such as Autumn Beauty (1901, Venice, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna Ca’ Pesaro), exhibited in Venice in 1901, which has a similar handling of colour and study of light as this painting in the Collection.

Sources:Archivio Storico Intesa Sanpaolo, Patrimonio Archivistico Cariplo, Fondo storico, Spese: Acquisto di opere d'arte, pratica no. 879/84 and 84 bis


Sergio Rebora, Bartolomeo Bezzi, Autunno, in Sergio Rebora, a cura di, Le collezioni d’arte. L’Ottocento, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde, Milano, 1999, n. 19, p. 81, ill.

Laura Casone
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