Francesco Guardi - inv. 318

Titolo: 
Fantastic Landscape with Trees and Castle
Numero di Inventario: 
318
Tipologia: 
paintings
Collezione: 

Painting

Classe iconografica: 
Landscape
Parole chiave soggetto: 
landscape
Motivo attribuzione: 
bibliography
Autore, ambito, luogo di produzione: 
Francesco Guardi (1712-1793)
Ambito e luogo di produzione: 
Venice
Venezia
Veneto
Italy
Pubblicazione: 
Si
Periodo: 
1750
Datazione specifica: 
18th century, second half
Libri correlati: 
Opere correlate: 
Data di Ingresso: 
1879
Acquisizione: 
Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Tipo di acquisizione: 
bequest
Tipo di collocazione: 
on display
Collocazione: 
18th Century Venetian Room

This work is linked to Fantastic Landscape with Fisherman and Farmstead (inv. 319).

These two minute pictures, painted on canvas and subsequently backed on to wood, appear in a good state of conservation, despite the paint having oxidised.
We can see small figures intent on their work in the foreground of the first painting. There is a castle with towers in the background, while in the distance on the right there is a boat with its white sails unfurled.
The second painting reveals a farmstead in the background with a fisherman in the foreground holding his fishing rod, and further small figures in the distance.
As well as vedute (views) of which he was considered one of the greatest and most sensitive interpreters, Francesco Guardi also devoted himself to fanciful landscapes, a much-requested pictorial genre in that period. It is probable that for this type of work, typical of his later production, Guardi resorted to collaborators from his workshop, like, for example, his son Giacomo.

Despite this uncertainty, these two small landscapes can definitely be
attributed to Francesco: the unmistakeable fluency of the brushwork, the fineness in the tonal relationships defining the various depths and the rendering of the figures as small dots are all his hallmarks.

M.G.