ABBATI, Giuseppe
(b. 1836, Napoli, d. 1868, Firenze)

Country Road with Cypresses

c. 1860
Oil on canvas, 28 x 37 cm
Galleria dell'Arte Moderna, Palazzo Pitti, Florence

To this day, the hilly Tuscan countryside is dotted with olive groves and ominous cypress trees, frequently found along roadsides and near cemeteries. Abbati chose a patch of sandy, yellow road for the foreground, where long afternoon shadows are casting the shades of other cypress trees to be imagined outside of the picture plane. Large areas of different hues are effectively played off against one another in a rather abstract fashion.