GIUSEPPE BERNARDINO BISON
(Palmanova del Friuli 1762 – Milano 1844)
River landscape with horseman, ruins and architecture
Landscape with ruins, architecture and wayfarer
A pair, tempera on paper
cm 58 x 43
Giuseppe Bernardino Bison, the last great exponent of 18th century venetian painting, which he renovated with a surprising and unquestionable vitality of style, is considered to be amongst the most qualified and versatile painters of the period. He interpreted the passage of different styles between the 18th and 19th centuries in a very personal manner. The two landscapes evoke Bison’s habitual locations, that is to say the glimpse of a river with the remains of a bridge, historical ruins, and a vast landscape animated with wayfarers and horsemen who, in the overriding calm of the scene, take part in the microcosm created by the painter. The two paintings are distinguished by the type of brown-okra monochrome colour, an idea taken from the neoclassical style, which transforms the immagine landscape and antique fragments. The painter was able to recreate, through the idealised dimension of the landscape, that unreal antique greatness, which the neoclassical conscience requied.