Francesco Foschi

The Oncoming Storm

Francesco Foschi
( Ancona, 1710 - Rome, 1780 )

Oil on canvas 119x170 cm

London, Sotheby’s 1985 ; London with Alex Wengraf, LTD ; London with Paolo Brisigotti ; London, Private Collection

Ancona, Mole Vanvitelliana, Antonio Francesco Peruzzini, 1997. Monte-Carlo, L’Arte nella pittura, Monte-Carlo, 2001. Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), Ciasa de ra Regoles, Francesco Foschi, 2003. Sestriere (TO), Neve sulla Neve. Paesaggi innevati del XVIII sec., February 2005.

Marietta Vinci, in Mina Gregori and Pietro Zampetti Ántonio Francesco Peruzzini exh. cat.(Ancona, Electa 1997) pp. 180-83, color ill. p. 181. M. Vinci, “Travellers on a Snowy Path”, in L’Arte nella pittura, exh. cat., Monte-Carlo, 2001, pp.94-97, color ill. p. 95; M. Vinci-Corsini in Francesco Foschi, exh. cat., Milan 2002, Milan 2002, ed. Skira, p. 178, n. 69, color ill. pp. 84.

An ominous grey cloud threatens to impede the preparations for a journey that is the focal point of this large mature winter landscape. A man is loading his mule with his wife’s assistance. She is coming out of the modest stone thatched hut carrying a bundle on her head. Another man gathers wood at the water’s edge, in front of the house.

A wooden outbuilding is visible behind the house, which is situated at a bend in the river. A dam in the river and a large rock break its flow, adding turbulence to the foreground. The other side of the river is sharply, mountainous. Leafless trees and scrub dot the otherwise bare rocks, whose mass dominates the right side of the painting.

As the river winds around to the right, two hunters are visible, making their way across the snowy fields beyond the peasants’ hunt. A variety of houses dot he snowy hills receding into the background, where a town is visible on the horizon.

Low dark clouds roll across the left side of the scene, Balancing the mountains. The movement of the clouds is palpable, adding a sense of urgency to the scene.

This could be a pendant to Travellers on a Snowy Path. The works are the same size and show the same woman and two men traveling together. This scene of activity balances the calm determinated pace of the traveler in the proposed pendant, which is Foschi’s usual approach to paired works.