Domenico Baccarini,
Young girl amidst lilies

Domenico Baccarini,
Young girl amidst lilies

Domenico Baccarini, Young girl amidst lilies
Oils and pastels on canvas, [1906], 119×59 cm + frame 2 cm, Inv. n. 694
Orsola Ghetti Baldi, in the description of the work drafted in 1997, highlighted the «suggestive layout reminiscent of Gaetano Previati’s style, given the lilies and the mystical pose of the woman wrapped in fluid garments». However, continued Orsola Ghetti Baldi in her notes, «the Previatesque model is reseen and corrected by means of a synthetisation: we are not seeing a completely fluid painting where the lines of the drawing even succeed in emulsifying the figures and the landscape in a fascinating arcane fusion; here contours are not only blurred, but are underlined, even if only by an extremely delicate stroke; the background then becomes the main decorative independent element in relation to the figure in the foreground, recalling even Bistolfi’s willowy women-angels. Everything comes together in a chromatic scheme of pastel tones, which are very suited to the symbolic romantic languor of this scene».

Claudio Spadoni, in the catalogue of the show held in Ravenna in 2007, commented on this work, defining it «of a diffuse, intense pink and an elegance, a lightness that is more Nabis than Art Nouveau, given that Baccarini knew the painting of those young artist bewitched by the Gauguin’s period in Brittany about fifteen years before».

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