Cavaleri Lodovico, From Miramare (Savona)
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1,930; oil on panel
cm. 66,5 x 77,8
Signed and dated bottom right: “L. Cavaleri/1930” On the back of the panel in the centre: “L. Cavaleri/1930” On the back of the panel in the centre, autograph inscription: “Da Miramare (Savona)”
Inventory: AH01680AFC
Provenance: Ronco Briantino, Aroldo Giovanni Lotasi Collection
Exibition: 2008-2009, Bergamo, s. n.

The painting came into the Cariplo Collection in 1992.

The view of the port of Savona from the locality of Miramare is represented from a slightly elevated viewpoint and based on a traditional composition that the artist adopted in several works, in which the stretch of sea with ships and the sky are counterbalanced.

Cavaleri constructs an evocative yet facile image by exploiting the play of light on the water, which is created with a flowing and vibrant facture and gives the painting an overall golden tone.

The work belongs to the artist’s final period, which was characterised by his falling back on late 19th-century solutions and accentuating the emotional aspect.

Cavaleri was among the ranks of Lombard artists, including Pompeo Mariani, Giorgio Belloni and Eugenio Gignous, who regularly frequented the Ligurian Riviera and devoted themselves to the marine genre from the 1880s on. Nonetheless, he followed an individual path that led him from Naturalism, to which he always remained faithful, to solutions that possessed a new sensibility evident in works such as Morning in Liguria of 1922.

Sources:Archivio Storico Intesa Sanpaolo, Patrimonio Cariplo, Opere d’arte. Atti d’acquisto ex Cariplo. Fald. 3/3, pratica no. 879 R/908


Sergio Rebora, Ludovico Cavaleri, Da Miramare (Savona), in Sergio Rebora, a cura di, Le collezioni d’arte. L’Ottocento, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde, Milano, 1999, n. 52, p. 123, ill..;
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. 83

Elena Lissoni
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