LEGA, Silvestro
(b. 1826, Modigliana, d. 1895, Firenze)

A Walk in the Garden

c. 1870
Oil on canvas, 35 x 23 cm
Galleria dell'Arte Moderna, Palazzo Pitti, Florence

One of the masterpieces of 'Macchiaioli' painting, this intimate rendering of country life translates truth and reality into clear and composed volumes. The two women are seen strolling casually in a sunlit garden, holding their parasols while engaged in an intimate conversation. The figures are reduced to almost abstract shapes of broadly brushed pigments, while the intense summer light and cool shade are rendered in a muted palette.