Conca di Sappada con le Terze signed and dated 'G.CIARDI/1897' (lower left); inscribed with title and 'Sappada 1897' on a label attached to the reverse oil on panel 36 x 56cm (14 3/16 x 22 1/16in).
PROVENANCE: Prince Giovannelli, Conte Labia, his posthumous sale, Galleria Guglielmi Milano, Tuesday 6 December 1949, lot 69 Purchased from the above by the present owner's family Private collection, Italy
EXHIBITED: Rome, mostra dell'800, date unknown
LITERATURE: Nico Stringa, Guglielmo Ciardi, catalogo generale dei dipinti, Treviso, 2007, no.594, p.358, illustrated.
For Ciardi, the landscape around Sappada provided the backdrop for an important series of paintings, focussing on the villages, the sloped hills, and the roofs of small houses facing the hills in the background. From 1885, Ciardi spent his summers with his family in the mountains of Trentino, the Dolomites, and in the upland plains of Asiago. These visits, and especially the light, lent a new theme to the artist's work.
Ciardi stayed in Sappada in 1897, where he produced a number of works, one of which, recorded in the Frugone collection as Paesaggio alpino, Sappada, considered as one of the best landscapes painted by the artist.