Born in Casorate Primo (Pavia) on 6 October 1836, died in Gurone (Varese) on 20 August 1897. He studied at the Milanese Academy of Brera, under the guidance of Fasanotti, and devoted himself exclusively to landscape. His manner was at first academic, then it had almost modern tendencies. In 1860 he made his debut at the Mantua Exhibition, with La vita de 'campì and II pasture. The following year he won the government prize with the painting Old oaks near a pond, currently in the Pinacoteca di Brera. In 1862, in Milan, he exhibited San Giovanni Bianco (Val Brembana), currently in the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan, and Campagna Lombarda. In 1866, again in Milan, he figured with Alpine pasture, then re-exhibited at the Permanente of 1900 and now preserved in the Landscape Museum in Pallanza. In 1870 he exhibited Alpine Place, which is now in the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan. And again: Cantiere on the banks of the Po and Rive del Ticino appeared in Naples in 1877; Morning; Return to the mill; The washerwomen and Evening Prayer appeared in Milan in 1881; Spring; Lake Maggiore from a plateau and Mulino, in the same city, in 1883; Vecchio porto (Lake Garda) and La marina (Riviera di Ponente), in Florence, in 1885; Rustic courtyard, in Milan in 1886. Other works by him: Nebbia e sole; the return from fishing; Procession in Madesimo; Sesto Calende; Fishing boat on the Ticino; Boats on the Po; Along the lake; Alpine lake; Port of Limone sul Garda, all in private collections. Another painting, Pasture alpestre sul Mottarone, is in the possession of the descendants, who in 1922 instituted the "Guido Ricci perpetual prize", to be conferred in the Expositions of the Royal Academy of Brera in Milan to a painting preferably of landscape. A hundred works by this artist were brought together in 1917 to the Artistic Family of Milan, on posthumous exhibition. The canvases Prato argenteo and Pescarenico, which were part of the picture gallery of the late Queen Mother, are still remembered.


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