Nature and feelings


Solitude is a subject dear to the poetic of the Reggia-born artists Antonio and Giovanni Fontanesi, who share a last name but are not related. Their late-romantic paintings depict the inner lives of individuals in direct contact with nature and woodlands, the finite nature of man and the infinity of nature, and individual solitude in communion with the universe, much as Friedrich did in early 19th century Germany. There are clear similarities between these two artists’ landscape paintings, although Antonio’s show an evident component of lyrical poetry. Both, however, betray a careful observation of nature and an evocative, diffuse light inspired by the French Barbizon School and the art of Corot.