An impressionistic oil on board depicting several cattle grazing alongside a picturesque river by Italian artist, Giorgio Matteo Aicardi (1891-1984). The free-flowing style and soft edges remind us a little of Monet’s waterlilies, which he painted in his garden at Giverny.
Aicardi’s talent was spotted at a young age and he soon found himself enrolled to study at the Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti in Genoa. During his time there, he was taught by the highly accomplished Neapolitan painter, Giuseppe Pennasilico, who encouraged him to paint ‘en plein air’.
He’s predominantly known for his frescos, which adorn various palaces and churches, but he’s also considered to be an important member of the post-impressionist and modernist movements.
The painting is signed in the lower left and housed within a simple wooden frame.
Medium: Oil on board Overall size: 21” x 19” / 54cm x 48cm Year of creation: c. 1940 Provenance: Italy Condition: Artwork in good overall condition. Frame with some light wear and a little damage on the bottom. Artist’s auction highlight: £8,106 achieved for ‘Giovanna’ at an Italian auction in 2006.