Man Resting in a Ship Mill on the Po at Sacca, 1856
Oil on paper laid down on card, H. 0.24 m; W. 0.32 m
Signed lower left: Carmignani
Handwritten label on the verso: Marzo 1856, Mulino Natante, sul po a Sacca / Soggetto del pittore Guido Carmignani / (Collezione Glauco Lombardi)
Provenance: Collection Glauco Lombardi (1881-1970)
After initial training in Parma with his father, the landscape painter, Giulio Carmignani (1813-1890), he continued his studies in Paris, where he discovered the art of Jean-Léon Gérôme and especially the landscapes of Corot. From 1862, he taught landscape painting at the Parma Academy. In 1877, he moved to Milan where he was appointed a professor at the Brera Academy. Giovanni Segantini was among his pupils there.
This composition, with its poetic realism shows the artist’s sensitivity and his interest in lighting effects.