Federico Zandomeneghi (1841 - 1917): Reflection, 1895, oil

Federico Zandomeneghi (1841 - 1917): Reflection, 1895, oil

9/15/2021, 6:06:36 PM
Federico Zandomeneghi (1841 - 1917): Reflection, 1895, oil on canvas, 64 × 53 cm, Musei Civici, Pavia, Italy In his works, Zandomeneghi emphasizes the tactility of the woman’s daily activities to create a peaceful mood, and the overlapping forms of the figures points to the familial theme. The motif of the present painting may have been influenced by his contemporaries and fellow Impressionist exhibitors Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt, another foreign artist in Paris who famously shared an association with Degas. Yet, while Zandò’s working habits and compositional choices linked him to the Impressionists, works like Le crochet are specific to him and his Italian heritage. His compositions earned him the additional nickname of “Le vénitien”, stemming from his luminous yet subtle use of colour. 'Reflection' evidences Zandò’s unique talent and perfectly illustrates his recollection that “looking, listening, arguing, I was transformed like all other artists, from Pissarro to Degas, from Manet to Renoir; my artistic life was a series of infinite evolutions that cannot be analyzed, that cannot be explained… As for my technique, a very vague term, the one I used was my own, I did not borrow from anyone".

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