Francesco Guardi

Francesco Guardi - 1

  • Date of birth: 5 Oct 1712
  • Date of death: 1 January 1793
  • Country: Italy


Guardi, Francesco Lazzaro was born in 1712 in Venice and died there, having lived a long and fruitful art 80 years. This is one of the most famous Italian artists of the time worked in the then popular genre of painting called Veduta.

This image of everyday, familiar and unvarnished urban landscape with all its features and details that are executed by means of painting, drawing or printmaking.

Family Guardi was associated with the arts for several generations. His father Francesco was a painter, like his brothers. Sister masters was married to another famous painter from Italy — Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. The artist’s son, Giovanni, continued the father’s work.

During his lifetime, and long after her guards were not evaluated on merit, and his work has been quoted much lower than paintings of other famous masters of Veduta Antonio Canal and his relative by Bellotto. Interestingly, both artists wore a nickname Canaletto.

Only closer to our time, in the heyday of impressionism, Veduta, and his genre paintings became popular, and the artist was valued on a par with other old Italian masters.

Style of Francesco Guardi is a multi-figure and multi-color harmonious compositions, written with tremendous skill and accuracy of detail. Thanks to such meticulous artist, we become aware of the smallest details of everyday life in Venice of that period, is not extant. In this plan, each painting is a full — fledged historical document, in addition to the undoubted artistic merit of having the properties a kind of “time machine”. Looking at the paintings of Guardi, if you get into the period of time that remains “preserved” only in the painting of the artist.

The first works made without interference, and signed by him personally, was the picture of “Saint in ecstasy”. Many critics atributiruemy it as a free interpretation of the paintings of Piazzetta. Workshop father Guardi, where he worked himself and his brothers, engaged in the production of high-quality copies of paintings by famous artists, so it is no wonder that the master himself was a great experience up. But from the original paintings, he took only the idea, reinterpret it in their own way. The composition of the painting is also a diagonal, as if flattened diagonally.

The following two known signed works by the artist have are more detail and realistic accuracy of the image. Early career Guardi was put in the creation of paintings on historical themes with a large number of human figures, but at some point, for unknown reasons, the artist switched to writing only conduct and Caprice.

In this genre, he reached the pinnacle of his skill. All his paintings are striking for their well-constructed songs, and accuracy of details and thoroughness in their performance.

The later years of the master brought to his canvases a lot more realism and artistic skill in the transmission space and the various States of nature. His images of the sea and the water are gorgeous, they look alive, appear mobile, you like to catch waves. In terms of quality and attitude of these paintings is much closer to the works of artists of the next century. That’s why they were so highly appreciated in later centuries, when the paintings of Guardi looked more modern than in his era. So the artist is not only able to capture fleeting time, but even to surpass it.