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Beppe Ciardi


Beppe Ciardi, the subject of this article,
belongs incontestably to the very front rank of
contemporary Italian landscape painters — and
animal painters as well, for in that class of subject
also he has few if any rivals. His collection of
representative works which formed one of the
mostre individuali at the Tenth International Art
Exhibition of the City of Venice last year created
a lasting impression by the strength of colour, the
vigorous draughtsmanship, and the virile sentiment
revealed therein.

Like his sister Emma, whose work is familiar
to the readers of this magazine, Beppe Ciardi
owes not a little to his father, Guglielmo Ciardi,
more particularly as regards technique, with which
both he and his sister became acquainted in
early years under paternal supervision, but also
in regard to individuality of perception, which
the father always strove to encourage. The

two have, however, in their subsequent careers
followed widely divergent paths. Emma is the
poetess of those dreamy rococo gardens where the
beau monde and its gilded youth were wont to pass
their time in leisure and love-making. Beppe, on
the other hand, is a realist who unflinchingly essays
to interpret Nature in all sincerity, and asks only
that her message shall be plain and without affec-
tation of any sort. When the writer first made
acquaintance with his work in an exhibition of
sketches some fifteen years ago he wTas impressed
by the capability shown in it, and especially by the
intelligent and thoughtful way in which the artist
had worked out his themes. His interpretation of
sunshine and simple child-life was admirable and
quite free from artificiality, and his broad, “fat”
handling of his pigment imparted an enjoyable
freshness to his work. The young artist was
accustomed to look at Nature even in those days
with a free and expansive vision, and though with
the passing of the years he has gained greater
assurance and seated himself more firmly in the



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