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Francesco Foschi
ANCONA 1710-1780 ROME
A WINTER LANDSCAPE WITH TRAVELERS ALONG A RIVER, A COTTAGE BENEATH A RAGGED CLIFF, AND MOUNTAINS BEYOND
oil on canvas
canvas: 9 1/8 by 11 1/4 in.; 23.2 by 28.6 cm.
framed: 20 1/8 by 22 1/4 in; 51.1 by 56.5 cm.
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Provenance

H. Weissenberg;
By whom (anonymously) sold, New York, Sotheby's, 20 May 1971, lot 27 (as Robert Griffier);
There acquired by a Private Collection, United States;
Thence by descent.

Catalogue Note

Francesco Foschi is an Italian artist that specialized in depicting snowy landscapes. Although he was born in Ancona, the artist practiced in Rome where he would have been inspired by other landscape maestros such as Gaspar van Wittel and Giovanni Paolo Panini. The popularity of these painters grew during the seventeenth century as the public’s demand shifted from religious subject matter to decorative paintings of nature. Foschi was able to establish himself as a sought-after artist for his realistic, yet freely imaginative views.

This painting is most likely an earlier work by the artist and is similar to other compositions reproduced in his catalogue raisonné by Marietta Vinci-Corsini.1 Its compact size appears to indicate that these types of works were probably small studies that were then followed by larger, more fully developed works.2 The inclusion of travelers in the foreground draws the viewer’s gaze into the hut across the river, which is developed with sharp details, evident in the different materials the house is made of. Furthermore, the loose strokes on the mountainous scene in the background create a sense of motion that enable one to enjoy and follow the landscape scene through its entirety.

We are grateful to Marietta Vinci-Corsini for endorsing the attribution to Francesco Foschi on the basis of photographs.

1. See M. Vinci-Corsi, Francesco Foschi, 2002 Milan, p. 38, cat. nos. 14 and 15, reproduced.
2. Ibid., p. 68.

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