Born in Genoa on 1 November 1840, died in Gameragna (Stella), near Savona, on 5 August 1873. Having completed his classical studies in the college of the Scolopi in Carcare and in that of the Tolomei in Siena, he enrolled at the Ligustica Academy, under the guidance of Tammar Luxoro. Then he went to Geneva, where he was a disciple of Calame. Back in Genoa, he was taken by the Fontanesian charm and accompanied the young people who in Rivara made a circle around the Pittara. Optimistic in life as in art, handsome, elegant, modest, he was struck at thirty-three by a cruel disease that made it necessary to have his tongue cut off. Impatient of being seen so reduced, he retired to the countryside, and after a few months he died, resigned and calm. Of him remain masterful fusain drawings, oil paintings, etchings: mainly landscapes. From 1862 to 1872 his works were exhibited at the Genoese Promoter, and in 1874, posthumously, two of his unfinished landscapes appeared. In 1870, at the Parma Exhibition he presented a painting entitled, ironically, Historical Landscape, which received the gold medal from that jury, secretary Telemaco Signorini. Other works by him: The washerwoman; Looking for wood; Landscape and shepherd with flock by the lake; Landscape with a stream (fusain); Landscape with patches of trees (fusain); Landscape (fusain); The stationary plow; Landscape with tree-lined road; Landscape with cottages; Glade in a wood; Lawn with hedge; Genoese villa (fusain); View of a river (watercolor); Houses by a river (watercolor); Ancient villa; Landscape and shepherd boy with cows; River bank between hills; Landscape with animals; Laundresses (sketch); Landscape with figures; Sea beach (fusain); River bed (fusain); Countryside with cottage (fusain); Capo Noli (fusain); Palmiped (watercolor); Landscape (1867); Landscape of Carcare; and etchings: Ligurian Riviera; Sad countryside; A field of wheat; September at Rivara; Near Volpiano; Sesto Colende; Children's games. All these works appeared in 1926, at the Exhibition of Ligurian 19th century painting, organized in Genoa. Al Gambo and I pittori, are located in the Gallery of Modern Art in Genoa. In Carignano, at Mrs. Felicita Vassarotto, is the painting Motivo dal vita near Baveno.


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