GIUSEPPE ‘BEPPE’ CIARDI (1875-1932)
Oil on board; signed lower left
In handmade gilt frame
Born in Venice, Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ Ciardi was the son of the painter Guglielmo and the brother of Emma (who also became a notable artist). Ciardi began studying under his father at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts in 1896. On graduation in 1899, he participated in the Venice Biennale the same year with the Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte di Venezia, where his work continued to be exhibited in later years and was featured in a solo show in 1912. The author of landscapes characterised by a symbolic interpretation of nature that won the esteem of critics, he was awarded the Fumagalli Prize in Milan (1900), a gold medal in Munich (1901) and a silver medal in San Francisco (1904). His work drew inspiration in later decades from everyday life in Venice and the countryside around Treviso. He died in the family villa at Quinto di Treviso in 1932.
Giuseppe Ciardi’s work has been offered at auction multiple times, the record price being 68,750 USD for Walking Along the Water, Venice sold at Sotheby’s, New York in 2016.