Born in Livorno on 5 October 1881, died in Antignano di Livorno on 15 January 1959. During the years of his training, alongside Lorenzo Cecchi at the School of Arts and Crafts in Livorno, he approaches the themes of the Macchiaioli landscape school. At the age of fifteen, in 1896, he made his debut with his first paintings, referring to the painting of stain, thanks also to the influence of artists such as Llewelyn Lloyd, Giovanni Fattori and Telemaco Signorini. In 1902 he came into contact with Vittore Grubicy de Dragon, an advocate and promoter of Divisionism, becoming its most convinced pupil and feeling the influence of Segantini, Previati and Pellizza. From 1905 he then moved to Milan, residing there until the master's death in 1920. In 1906 he exhibited the triptych Sensations of light at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Milan; in 1907 he presented seven Leghorn landscapes at the famous Parisian exhibition of the Salon des Peintres Divisionistes Italiens, organized by Grubicy himself; two years later he is still in Paris, at the Salon d'Automne with Llewelyn Lloyd and Plinio Nomellini. In 1911 he participated in the Free Art Exhibition in Milan and in 1914 in Rome, in the LXXXIII Exhibition of the Society of Amateurs and Cultors of Fine Arts, preferring it to the second exhibition of the Roman Secession. During his frequent stays in Milan, alongside his pictorial activity, he develops an interest in design, collaborating with the cabinet-making firm of Eugenio Quarti, protagonist of the Italian Liberty. In 1920, shortly before his death, Grubicy appoints him as executor and heir of a large number of works, confirming the deep bond between the two artists, also testified by the correspondence, merged into the Grubicy Archive. After the First World War, Benvenuti settles again in Livorno. Since 1922 he has participated in the Livorno exhibitions of the Labronico Group and of the Bottega d'Arte gallery, where, in 1923, he sets up his first personal exhibition which marks the apex of his artistic career and testifies to the mature phase of his painting, characterized by the recovery of Divisionism typical of its early years. Two reviews, in the 1930s, are dedicated to his graphic production: Galleria dell'Esame (1933) and Galleria Scopinich (1935). After the war he participated in some exhibitions (From the nineteenth to the twentieth century, Florence, Casa di Dante, 1948), until the abandonment of painting, in the 1950s, due to progressive blindness. His exhibition activity was deliberately contained, as he himself declares in the introduction to the catalog of the latest retrospective dedicated to him in Livorno (Catalog of the first exhibition of works by the painter Benvenuto Benvenuti, Galleria Cecchini, Livorno, September 1957): "" I little exposed because I am not very fond of exhibitions, and I have never participated in competitions in forty-five years of work, through unprecedented struggles, suffering and deprivation of all sorts, all of which have been overcome. " In many years of work he has exhibited twice in Paris, at the Milan World Cup in 1906, at the First Roman Biennale; I also did a personal exhibition in Florence and two in the great Lombard metropolis. Official awards: a sale to the Royal Academy of Italy The house with walled-in windows; Frate foco at the Modern Art Gallery of Palazzo Pitti in Florence; the flock watered to the City of Milan for the Gallery of Modern Art, Villa Reale ".


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