Born in Milan on 15 October 1851, died there on 4 August 1920. His mother was Lombard, his father descended from an ancient Magyar family. Scholarly amateur and passionate about contemporary art, he was involved in the art trade, practiced by few at that time, and in criticism, publishing interesting articles in the main Italian newspapers. As soon as he was twenty he had begun to travel to the most important centers of Europe, following the artistic events that took place in France, Germany, England, Belgium and Holland. It was precisely in Holland, after a meditative stay on the banks of the Scheldt, that he felt the sudden need to paint. He was over thirty: his academy and his teacher were the mountains of Lake Maggiore where he often retired. Grubicy thus became a merchant, patron, mentor and adviser to the divisionist group, and at the same time a valiant etcher and painter of that same group, but with his own unmistakable and refined personality, an indisputable master in rendering the effects of cloudy skies, the interweaving of trees, the reflections of the water and the lights of the twilight. His works were and are still less known and appreciated in Italy than abroad; however most of his production remained in Italy, scattered in public galleries and in private collections. The following are mentioned: Perle d'amour; Spring; At the warm spring; Portrait of a Woman at the Window; Portrait of Mother Sewing; The evening; Twilight Symphony; Night; Morning; The good spring; El crapp of regoritt; The valley; All candor; Portrait of the mother intent on painting, all in the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan; in that of Rome a triptych; Terzetto tenue, in the Civic Museum of Turin; Autumn and Winter, in the International Art Gallery of Venice; Snow in August in Schilpario, in the collection of the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo; The valley, in the collection of Maestro Toscanini; When the Birds Go to Sleep, owned by Senator Della Torre in Milan; also a canvas entitled At the warm spring, in the Tessaro collection (Holland). His painting is represented at the Luxembourg in Paris, at the Ixelles Museum in Brussels and in primary private collections in Holland.


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