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Erminio Soldera was born in Cappella Maggiore, near Treviso, and trained with Cesare Tallone (1853 -1919) at the Brera Academy in Rome. He produced frescoes and decorations for churches, but also painted portraits and landscapes, of which this is an early example.
Dense greenery dominates the foreground of this expanse of uncultivated, anonymous nature. The vegetation has been rendered in a close range of greens, with light shades laid over dark in the manner of oil sketches dating from earlier in the century. A few darker, prominent trees break up the skyline, while in the distance spikes of green push up into the sky. Soldera has joined two pieces of paper to make the wide panoramic format, popular with painters across Italy in the second half of the nineteenth century.
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