Giovanni Segantini


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Segantini, Giovanni

 

Born Jan. 15, 1858, in Arco, Trentino-Alto Adige; died Sept. 28, 1899, in Schafberg, near Pontresina, Switzerland. Italian painter.

Segantini began his studies at the Milan Academy of Fine Arts in 1876. He moved to Switzerland in 1885. Although he used the technique of divisionism, Segantini painted precisely outlined shapes. Influenced by J. F. Millet, he depicted scenes of rural labor and life in a poetic, sometimes rather sentimental fashion, giving them social Utopian meaning. Segantini also executed majestic landscapes of the foothills of the Alps (Two Mothers, 1890, Gallery of Modern Art, Milan; and the triptych The Alpine World, 1896–99, Segantini Museum, St. Moritz). The influence of symbolism can be seen in his later works.

REFERENCE

Barbantini, N. G. Segantini. Venice[1945].
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The Punishment of Lust - Giovanni Segantini Painted in 1891, this is one of the first symbolist works by the Italian artist.
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Crosses, Christ figures, church interiors, clergymen performing rituals, people in prayer, prophets and pietas not only figure in the work of outspoken late-19th century catholic artists such as Giovanni Segantini (Kissing the Cross, 1882-83), Antoon Derkinderen (High Mass, 1886-87), James Ensor (The Entry of Christ in Brussels, 1898) and Jan Toorop (Sketch for a Resurrection, nd), but also in the work of later artists such as Arnulf Rainer (Cross, 1980--86) and Marc Mulders (Foundation in Christ, 1987) and contemporary artists such as Erzsebet Baerveldt (Pieta, 1992), Mike Kelly (Switching Marys, 2005), Julian Schnabel (Gogoltha, 1980) and Bill Viola (The Greeting, 1995).
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