Bianchi Mosè, Cloister
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1,890; oil on canvas
cm. 81 x 111,5
Signed bottom right: “MOSÈ BIANCHI”
Inventory: FCIP 0091
Provenance: Milan, Giuseppe Solbiati Collection (in 1991); Milan, Angela Bernocchi Solbiati Collection (in 1997). Finarte, Auction 1017, Milan, 1 October 1997
Exibition: 2010, Innsbruck, s. n.

Acquired in 1997, the painting was formerly in the Milan collections of Giuseppe Solbiati and Angela Bernocchi Solbiati.

Datable to 1890, it belongs to a group of works inspired by the landscape and rural life in the vicinity of Formaga, near Gargnano on Lake Garda. The painting reveals distinct similarities to two other pictures that are part of this series: Pasture at Formaga, a large canvas formerly in the G. R. Collection, which was auctioned at the Galleria Scopinich, Milan, in 1933; In the Cloister, a small study now in a private collection.

In these three paintings the artist draws on an iconography already used by Leonardo Bazzaro (Other Times, 1885, whereabouts unknown) – who, like Bianchi, was a leading exponentt of Lombard Naturalism – to depict a grazing flock framed by the architecture of the cloister of the convent attached to the church of San Francesco in Gargnano, built in the first half of the 14th century. This is a more sweeping view than those depicted in Grazing at Formaga and In the Cloister: the scene is no longer delimited by the edge of the cloister but extends into the surrounding landscape where the silhouette of Monte Baldo rises up. The pictorial facture, executed with skilful touches of colour and brilliant hues, is also well exemplified in the landscape painting the artist produced at Gignese in the Verbano area during this period, although here it is freer and more terse and becomes almost stylised in describing the architecture. This pictorial variance is underscored by the contrast between the area of shade in the foreground and the light striking one side of the cloister, almost dazzling the viewer and illuminating the mountain chain in the background.

From November 2011, the work has been on view at the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan.

 

Sources:Archivio Fondazione Cariplo, Fondazione Cariplo Iniziative Patrimoniali S.p.A, Fald. 9. Opere d’arte. Signorini, Carnovali, Bianchi, fasc. Mosè Bianchi, Chiostro Restoration: 1997, Milan, Studio Ferriani & Beccaria

Bibliography

Paolo Biscottini, Mosè Bianchi. Catalogo ragionato, Federico Motta Editore, Milano, 1996, n. 641, p. 391, ill.;
Arredi e dipinti dell'abitazione di un'importante famiglia milanese, Asta 1017, Finarte, Milano, 1997, n. 296, p. 116, ill. p. 117;
Sergio Rebora, Mosè Bianchi, Chiostro, in Sergio Rebora, a cura di, Le collezioni d’arte. L’Ottocento, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde, Milano, 1999, n. 25, pp. 88-89, ill. p. 88;
Maria Oroso, Mosè Bianchi, Chiostro, in Antonio D’Amico, a cura di, Poesia d’interni. Angoli di vita nell’arte dell’800 italiano, catalogo della mostra, Innsbruck, Palazzo Imperiale, 5 agosto – 5 settembre 2010, Edizioni Bocca, Milano, 2010, p. 42, ill. p. 43;
Elena Lissoni, in Fernando Mazzocca, a cura di, Da Canova a Boccioni. Le collezioni della Fondazione Cariplo e di Intesa Sanpaolo, Skira, Milano, 2011, n. XI.168, pp. 240-241, ill.

Laura Casone
 
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