THE 27th September - 20th January 2019

«For me nature is always delicate» Enrico Reycend to Roberto Longhi

The Accorsi-Ometto Foundation continues his work of the rediscovery of Piedmontese painters of the nineteenth century, dedicating an exhibition to Enrico Reycend (Turin 1855-1928), an artist too long forgotten by critics and art history.
The exhibition presents seventy works ranging from his beginning to his late production: : the bright hillside glimpses of the surroundings of Turin, the serene landscapes of Canavese and the delicate Ligurian seascapes confirm the marked individuality of the painter and support the comment of the famous art historian, Roberto Longhi, who called him the most informed artist of his time for the original impressionist language.
Enrico Reycend studied at the Albertina Academy, leaving it in 1872 without graduating. He made his debut at the Promoting Society of Fine Arts of Turin in 1873 with two suburbs landscapes where Antonio Fontanesi led his students to work en plein air. From 1874 to 1920 he exhibited at the Artists Society of Turin, in several Italian cities, in Europe, in the United States and in South America. In 1878 he participated at the Universal Exhibition in Paris, where he saw the painting of Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, who considered, as Fontanesi, the greatest innovator of painting. He became honorary member of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts and took part at the first three Venice Biennials. In a short time he developed his own pictorial language, moving away from the painting of Fontanesi and becoming a more poetic alternative to the verismo of Lorenzo Delleani. With the outbreak of the First World War the painter received the first refusals from various juries, because his paintings seemed now outdated compared to the experiments of the avantgarde movement of the early twentieth century. Later, oppressed by economic difficulties, he limited himself to replicating the same subjects, losing the personal trait that had distinguished him. In the mid-Twenties, the economic collapse came: the Reycend house in via Villa della Regina was sold and the artist rented few rooms, dying on February 21st 1928. His figure fell undeservedly into oblivion: from his debut to the day of his death, a half century had passed and Italian art had been crossed by an impressive acceleration that had transformed its languages and ideas. His work, therefore, was condemned, as in general the Italian painting of nineteenth century, to the expression of a late and substantially ’provincial’ culture.
The true "rediscovery" of the artist was possible thanks to Roberto Longhi who at the Venice Biennale in 1952, dealing with Piedmontese landscape artists, added to the figures of Fontanesi - Avondo - Delleani the name and the works of Reycend and wrote about the value of artist. From that moment all the critics began to give value to the original painter and study in depth his figure: in 1955 there was the first big retrospective, organized by the Galleria Fogliato in Turin; then in 1989 another important exhibition in Acqui Terme.
After almost thirty years since the last exhibition, it is a duty, therefore, to pay homage to this great artist: with the bright colors of his brush strokes and the breaking up of light, he was able to reproduce the surrounding space with particular sensitivity.

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• Full price museum (including guided tour) + exhibition: € 14,00
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