Giuseppe Menato ( Bovolone 1874 – Verona 1962 ), Veronese winter
Oil on cardboard cm 60 x 69,5 signed ( E Menato ) lower right.
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After completing his humanistic studies, Giuseppe Menato approaches self-taught artistic practices, directing his preferences towards landscape painting, portraiture and the genre scenes.
Following his debut at the exhibition of the Milanese Permanente in 1898 (where he presents some landscapes) and his participation in the Venice Biennale of 1903 (“Nevicata”) and 1905 (“Notturno sull’Adige”), his impressionistic views inspired to the landscapes of the Adige and the lessine territory, more rarely to the urban views of Milan and Venice, made by oil or watercolor and accompanied by portraits and paintings of genre of nineteenth-century ancestry, find space and favor in national and international exhibitions. At the World Exhibition of Saint Louis in 1904 (where he presents three works: “Falling Leaves”, “Chiusa d’Adige” and “Back to the Plains”), to numerous Venetian Biennials, to Veronese, Milanese ( 1906, “Mattino d’ottobre” ), Neapolitan, Roman (1914, “Night Ride”, “Sera sull’Adige”), Turin (1908) and Florentine, Menato obtains a certain public and critical consensus, until the early Fifties.
Despite numerous successes in Italy and abroad, Menato remains, for the entire duration of his career, linked to the landscape of his land, translated into forms of post-impressionist imprint. Passionate about the landscape of the Adige, he performs many studies of the picturesque banks of that river, recording atmospheres and colors with unusual delicacy and poetic lyricism. Among the many paintings dedicated to the Veronese river, we mention “Under the snow”, “The Adige in Verona”, “Sending the ghetto in Verona”, “Along the Adige”, “Surroundings of Verona” and “Verona disappeared”.
In the painting presented here, the palette of Menato focuses on a magical and enchanted vision of a snowy Verona, characterized by the presence of so-called watermills, floating milling plants widespread since the Middle Ages along the course of several Italian rivers such as the Po, Tiber, the Ticino, the Oglio, the Mincio, the Brenta and the major European rivers.