Giovanni Fattori

         

 Giovanni Fattori was born in 1825 in Leghorn and died in 1908 in Florence.

 

The “Macchiaioli”

 He studied with G. Baldini in Leghorn, then with G. Bezzuoli in Florence from 1846 to 1848. In 1850 he began to frequent the Michelangelo café where  the “macchiaioli” (Florentine impressionist painters) used to meet, and  he later became their main representative. However, he did not immediately take part in this new experience and until 1859 he continued to paint in the traditional style, following romantic tastes  such as, for example, the “Mary Stuart in the field of Crookstone” (Maria Stuarda al campo di Crookstone)  which now hangs in the Gallery of Modern Art in Florence.

 

Subjects

 His meeting with N. Costa was a deciding point in his artistic orientation. Costa advised and encouraged Fattori who presented “Italian Field” (Campo Italiano) at the contest for the commemoration  of the war of 1859, after the “Battle of Magenta” (Battaglia di Magenta) in 1862 for the Gallery of Modern Art in Florence, where this was the first Italian picture of modern history.

 Other battlefield compositions followed, as well as portraits and landscapes, especially of the Maremma in Tuscany.

 

"Grey day" 1893

 

"Mrs. Martelli to Castiglioncello" 1867

 

"Steam launcher Patrol"

 

"Leave sailor" 1870

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Most important works

 

 1880 : “Libecciata” in the Gallery of Modern Art, Florence

 

 1889 : “Ritratto della figliastra” (Portrait of the step-daughter) in the Gallery of Modern Art, Florence

 

 1890 : “Grande Manovre “ (Manoeuvres) in the Gallery of Modern Art, Rome

 

 “Maria Stuarda al campo di Crookstone” (Mary Stuart in the field of Crookstone) in  the Gallery of Modern Art,  Florence.

 

 1862: “La battaglia di Magenta” (The battle of Magenta) in the Gallery of Modern Art, Florence.

 

 

 

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