Bazzaro Leonardo, Women at the Fountain in Sottomarina di Chioggia
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1,925 - 1,930; oil on panel
cm. 60,5 x 99
Signed bottom left: “L. Bazzaro”
Inventory: AH02000AFC
Provenance: Milan, MargheritaVrtal Collection (in 1987); Rome, Istituto Bancario Italiano (IBI) Collection (until 1991)

This work entered the Istituto Bancario Italiano (IBI) Collection from a private collection in Milan, in 1987.
Datable to the1820s, the painting belongs to the artist’s late production, which reprises a subject that was enormously popular in the previous century: Venice and its lagoon. It was here that Bazzaro sought out views with vibrant light effects or animated slices of life, like the one in this painting and in  Fire! Fire! and Chioggia. The setting is Sottomarina, a ward of Chioggia: several women are gathered around a fountain either to fetch water or to do their washing; the lagoon stretches away in the distance, lit by a sky at sunset.
The subject is taken from the life of common folk, whose situations and traditions were explored by Bazzaro and also by other exponents of Lombard Naturalism. As in Chioggia or Fishermen in Chioggia the painter reworks themes he had treated several times in paintings of the previous decades, fixing on the canvas fleeting impressions of his now distant sojourns in Chioggia.

Sources:Archivio Fondazione Cariplo, Pratiche Ex IBI. Opere d’arte. Fald. 1/2, scheda carico opere d’arte IBI n. 1297

Bibliography

Agostino Mario Comanducci, Dizionario illustrato dei Pittori, Scultori, Disegnatori e Incisori Italiani Moderni e Contemporanei, quinta edizione ampliata, Edizioni S.I.E.S., Milano, 1982, vol. II, p. 289, ill.;
Tesori d'arte delle banche lombarde, Associazione Bancaria Italiana, Milano, 1995, p. 212, ill. n. 383 (con il titolo Acquaiolo a Sottomarina di Chioggia);
Sergio Rebora, Leonardo Bazzaro, Acquaiole a Sottomarina di Chioggia, in Sergio Rebora, a cura di, Le collezioni d’arte. L’Ottocento, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde, Milano, 1999, n. 16, p. 78, ill.;
Francesco Luigi Maspes e Enzo Savoia, Acquaiole a Sottomarina di Chioggia, in Francesco Luigi Maspes e Enzo Savoia, a cura di, Leonardo Bazzaro. Catalogo ragionato delle opere, Antiga Edizioni, Treviso, 2011, n. 745, p. 361

Laura Casone
 
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