Segantini, Giovanni(jōvän`nē sāgäntē`nē), 1858–99, Italian painter, b. in the Tyrol. A herder in his youth, he is known for his portrayal of Alpine peasant scenes. Although his early work is neoimpressionist in its love of nature, he made more symbolic paintings in the last years of his life. Well known among his works are The Punishment of Luxury (Liverpool) and At the Watering Place (Basel). The Segantini Museum is in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
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.