Roda Leonardo, Prelude to Winter

1,913; oil on canvas
cm. 69 x 86
Signed and dated bottom right: "L. RODA/ 1913"
Inventory: AH02106AFC
Provenance: Rome, Istituto Bancario Italiano (IBI) Collection (from 1977 to 1991)

This canvas from the Istituto Bancario Italiano (IBI) Collection is an example of the artist’s alpine landscape painting, a genre he displayed regularly at the Promotrice di Torino from the 1880s on. His favourite subject was the peaks of the Aosta Valley, and the Matterhorn in particular, to which he devoted many paintings. In 1908, one of these earned him a silver plaque from the Turin branch of the Italian Alpine Club which, on the occasion of the Esposizione Quadriennale di Belle Arti of that year, chose to recognise in this way those artists who, more than any others, had distinguished themselves in the representation of alpine subjects.
The work in the Collection also belongs to this successful series: it depicts a glacier enveloped in the first winter mists, which dominates a valley with some shepherd’s huts to which a shepherdess is returning with her flock. The painstaking rendering of the atmospheric and light effects is reminiscent of Piedmontese and Lombard Naturalism, as interpreted during this period by Marco Calderini and Achille Tominetti, to whose researches from life Roda, who was a self-taught painter, studied closely.

Sources:Archivio Fondazione Cariplo, Pratiche Ex IBI. Opere d'arte. Fald. 2/2, scheda carico opere d'arte IBI no. 1141


Sergio Rebora, Leonardo Roda, Preludio d’inverno, in Sergio Rebora, a cura di, Le collezioni d’arte. L’Ottocento, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde, Milano, 1999, n. 212, p. 312, ill.

Laura Casone
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