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Mosè di Giosué Bianchi (Monza 1840-1904 Milan)
Mosè di Giosué Bianchi (Monza 1840-1904 Milan)

La Passeggiata

Details
Mosè di Giosué Bianchi (Monza 1840-1904 Milan)
La Passeggiata
signed with interlaced initials 'MB'
pencil, watercolour and bodycolour
16¼ x 11¼ in. (41.5 x 28.5 cm.)
Provenance
Juan and Felix Bernasconi and by descent to,
Anna Maria Elvira Celia Mendez [?] Bernasconi (with her inscription and date 1977 verso);
Christie's, London, 27 March 1987, part of lot 252.
with Borghi & Co., New York (cat. 1987, no. 11).
Anonymous sale; Doyle, New York, 9 May 2012, lot 18.
Literature
P. Biscottini, Mosè Bianchi. Catalogo ragionato, Milan, 1996, no. 445 and under no. 444, ill.
Sale room notice
Please note that the artist should be described as Mosè Bianchi (Monza 1840-1904 Milan) and not as Federico Zandomeneghi (Venice 1841-1917 Paris) as stated in the printed catalogue.

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Lot Essay

This atmospheric watercolour is a study for an oil painting, signed and dated ‘86’, of which the present whereabouts are unknown (P. Biscottini, op. cit., no. 444). Although this sheet is not dated, it must have been executed in the same year or shortly before. Bianchi captures here an ephemeral moment of elegant women strolling on a boulevard with a group of peasants to the left. With fluid and fresh pools of wash the artist creates a dreamlike scene of a summer’s day in a composition reminiscent of Japanese woodcuts; these were often rectangular in shape and used bold pictorial elements like, in this case, the boat in the centre of the composition (omitted in the painting).

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