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Federico Zandomeneghi - Riflession
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Giovanni Boldini - Smart Scene
Federico Zandomeneghi - Riflession
Giovanni Boldini - Smart Scene

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Zandomeneghi had arrived in Paris in 1874, to update himself on the innovations underway in the city which at that time was considered the capital of modernity. Here the new group of Impressionists had made their debut only a few years earlier, in 1867, exhibiting in the studio of photographer Nadar. Zandomeneghi had immediately become friends with Edgar Degas, who had invited him to exhibit with the group of independents (in the exhibitions of 1879, 1880, 1882 and 1886) where he helped to consolidate the current of dessinateurs, who proposed scenes of daily intimacy placed indoors. domestic, as opposed to colorists, who created landscapes and natural scenes shot en plein air. Zandomeneghi, for his part, brought with him the solid baggage of the Venetian color and the experience among the Tuscan Macchiaioli. The protagonists of his works of the French period are often young girls who wash and comb their hair in attitudes of sweet intimacy, but also women absorbed in reading, as in the case of this work entitled * Reflection *, in which the protagonist abandons for a moment. the book he is reading, to stop and reflect, the lost gaze behind his thoughts. Next to her, a small table on which there is a statue of a bather, in a modern style, next to a book and a newspaper: this last detail is significant because it speaks to us of a cultured woman updated on daily events, which perhaps are at the center of the ongoing reflection, as happens for us in this moment of uncertainty. The photographic cut of the composition brings our gaze closer to the protagonist and leaves everything else beyond the edge of the canvas, where life continues.

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