Giuseppe Carozzi was born in Milan on June 29, 1864 to Luigi and Paolina Maggioni. The paternal family, originally from Brivio d’Adda, owned vast agricultural areas around Pontida, spinning mills and the historic convent where the Lombard League was sworn in. The Carozzi family had practiced law in Milan for generations. Since adolescence, encouraged by the family who sympathetically followed the young man's attitude to painting, Carozzi began taking drawing lessons. After graduating from high school Beccaria, he enrolled in the faculty of medicine at the University of Turin, but, soon realizing that he was not suited to this discipline, he moved on to the faculty of law, also in Turin. It was in these years that he discovered his true vocation: in 1886, visiting the Civic Museum of Turin, he was struck by the painting Aprile by Antonio Fontanesi, which he had known years earlier. The Emilian artist had meanwhile disappeared (April 17, 1882); Carozzi met one of Fontanesi's pupils, Riccardo Pasquini, and from this he began to take landscape drawing lessons. Although he had now definitively chosen the path of painting, he continued his law studies at the behest of his mother, but passed on to the University of Bologna. For Carozzi, his stay in Bologna was very happy and full of experiences: the countryside around Bologna was the first source of direct inspiration from nature, and the new master was Augusto Sezanne. The Bolognese countryside, which already shows in the young artist the ability of the landscape painter, is from these years and clearly testifies to the legacy received by Fontanesi. After graduating in law, Carozzi returned to Milan, where, in 1889, he made his debut at the permanent exhibition with the painting Autumn Rains. He met L. Bazzaro, and at first he followed him on trips to the countryside in search of ideas for life studies; he went with him to Chioggia, where he became enthusiastic about the lagoon landscapes: here he painted Il Canale Lavena, successfully exhibited at the I Triennale di Brera in 1891. Carozzi began to alternate trips to the mountains with his stays in Chioggia, attracted by the alpine landscape, dear to Segantini, to Gignous, to Carcano (to the latter since 1994 he was linked by a strong friendship). His destinations were Mottarone, Engadine, Valais (Snowfall in the mountains, Upper Valais, Le Dent Blanc, High pastures, exhibited at the II Triennale di Brera, 1894; Serene sunsets, For water, exhibited at the I Biennale di Venezia, 1895). However, he continued to go to Chioggia again and paint the lagoon (Baruffa in Chioggia, exhibited at the III Triennale di Brera, 1897, Fumagalli prize; In the evening, purchased for the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome). To the themes of the mountains and lagoon visions he added new research in the field of landscape, applying himself to nocturnal effects in the moonlight and on snow (L'ora di notte, exhibited in Turin at the National Exhibition, 1898). Appointed director of the "artistic family" of Milan, in 1900 he organized the Como Art Exhibition and the Lombard Painting Exhibition of the 19th century at the Permanente in Milan. He had begun to exhibit abroad (Munich, 1895; Berlin, Copenhagen, Petersburg, between 1898 and 1901; Paris, Universal Exhibition 1900, where he won a silver medal), and travels to Paris, England, Holland , Belgium, Spain, the contact with the painting of the French, of the Divisionists, determined in him a period of meditation and an evolution also in his painting. From 1902 to 1905 he worked constantly moving between Chioggia and the mountains, but did not exhibit: they were years dedicated to the study and research of pictorial techniques, and this gathering is testified by notes that the painter collected in those and which are preserved among the artist cards.


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