Gaetano Fasanotti - inv. 29

Titolo: 
Landscape
Numero di Inventario: 
29
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Landscape
Parole chiave soggetto: 
landscape
Motivo attribuzione: 
signature
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Gaetano Fasanotti (1831-1882)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Lombardia
Italy
Lombardy
Milano
Milan
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1850
Datazione specifica: 
1867 c.
Libri correlati: 
Tipo di iscrizione: 
signature
Trascrizione o identificazione: 
"G.Fasanotti"
Materia e Tecnica: 
watercolour on paper
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Collocazione riservata: 
Deposito primo piano
Tipo di collocazione: 
deposit
Collocazione: 
not on display

Although in good condition, there are several brown patches especially in the sky.
The artist was particularly fond of painting river landscapes. Composed on different planes, the foreground shows a pool of water reflecting the tall trees and two figures, while a cloudy sky occupies the upper half of the work. The leafy branches in the trees and the mixing of green, blue, red and yellow indicate a peaceful summer day.
Describing the landscape, Fasanotti is interested in the minute details of the water’s transparency and refraction, meticulously rendering the effects of light on the various surfaces. He exploits the watercolour technique to the full to obtain remarkably rich nuances, with brushstrokes of varying colour density.
On the basis of stylistic similarities to other paintings, this work can be dated to about 1867.
 
After beginning as a painter of historic subjects (he took part in the so-called ‘Five Days of Milan’ uprising), Gaetano Fasanotti devoted himself almost entirely to landscapes, preferring views of the Po plain, river and lake scenes. From 1853, and regularly up to 1879, he exhibited in the annual Brera exhibitions. From 1860 to 1864 he taught at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts promoting the idea of painting en plein air, and his example greatly influenced the development of landscape painting.

F.M.

 

AC/DC: 
DC