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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Giuseppe Bernardino Bison
PEASANT FAMILY LOADING A DONKEY
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

Giuseppe Bernardino Bison
PEASANT FAMILY LOADING A DONKEY
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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Giuseppe Bernardino Bison
PALMANOVA NEL FRIULI 1762-1844 MILAN
PEASANT FAMILY LOADING A DONKEY
Pen and brown ink and watercolour over black chalk;
two pentimenti pasted by the artist onto the right and lower parts of the sheet
187 by 166 mm
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Provenance

Sale, New York, Sotheby's, A Window on Venice: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings from a European Private Collection, 10 January 1995, lot 13

Catalogue Note

The present sheet is a fascinating insight into the working methods employed by Giuseppe Bernardino Bison.  In this charming genre scene we can see several pentimenti where the artist has made changes to his own composition.  Here, the section with the dog and the right side of the composition with the young woman and the donkey have been re-worked. Bison has expertly and delicately cut and pasted parts of the drawing where he must have decided to alter his preliminary ideas.  This method can be seen in other drawings by the artist, in Two old men and a Moor,1 where he has re-drawn and pasted the two central figures and in Two mounted cavaliers at the entrance to a city,2 where the central section below the horse has been cut out and re-worked.

Bison was a prolific and skilful draughtsman who employed a variety of media to create very finished works on paper which he sold as works of art in their own right, not only to local collectors but to the many visitors who wanted memories of their Venetian trips.  He produced many attractive genre scenes using energetic pen and ink strokes, often combined with a colourful palette of washes, like the present sheet.  His long career spanned the last quarter of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th.

The pentimenti in the drawing add to its importance in understanding Bison’s artistic techniques and provide an insight into his character, highlighting the precision and efforts that went into creating his drawings.  The inclusion of watercolour enhances the overall composition and serves to unite the arrangement of figures. 

1. Sale, Milan, Sotheby’s, 12 June 2006, lot 102

2. Sale, London Sotheby’s, 12 July 1972, lot 41

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