Mosé Bianchi (1840 - 1904)

Along the Promenade, Naples (Ricordo di Napoli) Sold

Pencil and gouache on thick buff paper, with framing lines in pencil.
Signed with initials MB at the lower right.
Inscribed with the signature of a Bernasconi heir on the verso.
350 x 185 mm. (13 3/4 x 7 1/4 in.) [image]
416 x 288 mm. (16 3/8 x 11 3/8 in.) [sheet]


Datable to 1886, the present sheet is a study for a small painting by Mosè Bianchi that was formerly in a private collection in Milan. In the painting or oil sketch, which is now lost but was apparently of fairly small dimensions, the artist seems to delight in the contrast between the group of elegant women walking on the quayside at the right with the peasant folk in the foreground. The drawing differs from the finished painting mainly in the absence of the long boat seen in the middle distance of the present sheet. Stylistically and thematically, both the drawing and the painting may be related to a number of works Bianchi produced in the 1880’s of figures along the promenade in Chioggia; a fishing town at the southern end of the Venetian lagoon.

This drawing was part of a large group of paintings and drawings by Mosé Bianchi purchased from the artist by the brothers Juan (d.1920) and Felix Bernasconi (d.1914). The Bernasconi brothers were prominent Milanese industrialists who formed an impressive collection of works by contemporary Italian painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Acquired from the artist by Juan and Felix Bernasconi, Milan
By descent in the Bernasconi family to Anna Maria Elvira Celia Mendez [?] de Bernasconi (her signature in ink on the verso)
The Bernasconi sale, London, Christie’s, 27 March 1987, part of lot 252
Borghi & Co., New York, in 1987
Private collection.

Paolo Biscottini, Mosè Bianchi: Catalogo ragionato, Milan 1996, p.310, no.445 and under no.444.


Along the Promenade, Naples (Ricordo di Napoli)


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