Born in Piove di Sacco (Padua) on 19 May 1856, died there on 17 December 1921. He had the first rudiments of art from Tessato and, sent to Venice in 1873, he attended that Academy there. An open mind to the new ways of Italian painting, he felt the influence of Morelli, whom he had frequented for some time, and this assimilation also preserved in his last canvases. He had great activity and dealt with the genre painting, drawing inspiration above all from the life of his time in Venice and painting with a brio, a naturalness and a personal spontaneity. He was also inspired, like Favretto, by the life of the Venetian eighteenth century, and with some works he came very close to him. Little known in Italy, he was appreciated and often awarded at foreign exhibitions. In Paris he assiduously attended the exhibitions of the Salone, where he appeared for the first time in 1886. He made his debut at the exhibition of the Venetian Academy with a genre picture, Waiting for a buyer. In 1881 he participated in the National Exhibition of Milan with two works, I pitori xe tuti mati and The last family memory, the latter purchased by the committee promoting the exhibition, for the artistic lottery. In the same year, at the Venice Ancient Art Exhibition he exhibited A game of cards; in 1887, also in Venice, at the National Exhibition, the triptych Ben nutriti - Mal nutriti - Tristitia. Other works by him: Cara, ti xe molto bela; The parody of the convicts; Antiquity, exhibited in 1889 at the Paris International; Public desks, exhibited in Leipzig (1894); Diurnisti for two lire, in Venice in 1895; Political palette, in 1896 in Barcelona; and in 1898, also in Barcelona, ​​his already well-known painting The Mal nourished, for which he earned a silver medal; Angoscia, purchased by the King at the Venice Exhibition of 1897 and donated to that Gallery of Modern Art; Barbers and State Writers, in Turin in 1895; Blondette, in Paris in 1899; Alone in the world, in Leningrad in 1902; Discover yourself, a work-wounded person passes by, in London in 1906. His works are scattered in many private collections; about three hundred are kept by his sons in Padua. Among the portraits of him we remember: that of Verdi; of his uncle Romanio, of his Son; by Senator Vettore Giusti del Giardino.


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