Gottardo Fidele Piazzoni was a California landscape artist. His paintings are known for exhibiting a transcendental quality that speaks to the artist's respect and awe in the face of nature and his belief that humankind was only of the smallest consequence by comparison.
Piazzoni was enamored of California's vast and varied landscapes. He once described California as his religion.
His landscapes are valued as they combine the practices of many different schools and philosophies. His palate is typically of reserved colors, his landscapes sometimes rendered in a way that hints at minimalism. His use of light is influenced by the old masters.
Gottardo Fidele Piazzoni and his work are regarded as poetic, moody and introspective. His paintings invite the viewer to study the scene, marvel at the scale and complexity of nature and realize their being a part of that majesty with a sense of humility. He is considered to be among the Tonalist painters and sometimes is associated with symbolism, as well, as the natural world depicted in his work always hinted at much deeper truths.
Piazzoni was known as a humble and soft-spoken man who was respected among his peers and the California art world. He had an abiding connection to nature.