Francesco Guardi
Francesco Lazzaro Guardi was an Italian artist and a distinguished representative of the Venetian school of vedutisti.
Having been recognized only in the era of impressionism, Guardi stood in the shadow of famous masters of the Venetian veduta such as Antonio Canal, called Canaletto and his nephew Bernardo Bellotto, who borrowed his name. However, Guardi was an artist who worked not only on cityscapes, but also on easel paintings, and much of his work is valuable. He is considered to be one of the last representatives of the classic Venetian school of painting.
The style of Francesco Guardi is multi-figured and multi-colored harmonious compositions, painted with tremendous skill and accuracy of detail. It is through the artist’s meticulous attention to detail that we are able to get familiar with the smallest details of everyday life of Venice of that period, which has not been preserved to the present day. In this regard, every Guardi’s painting is a full-fledged historical document, which apart from the undoubted artistic merits contains properties of as a sort of “time machine”. Looking at the paintings by Guardi is almost equivalent to being in the period of time that remained “preserved” only in his works.
The master’s later years of creativity brought a lot more realism and artistic skill to his canvases, in terms of reflection of space and various states of nature. His representation of sea and water is gorgeous; they look as though they are alive and moving; it feels like is possible to catch the sound of waves. In their quality and perception of the world, these paintings are much closer to the works of artists of the following century.
That is why Guardi’s paintings were greatly appreciated in the later centuries, where they looked more modern than in his own era. Thus the artist was not only able to capture the fleeting time, but even to stay ahead of it.
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