(Turin 1860 - 1938)


  • Author: Vittorio Cavalleri (Turin 1860 - 1938), signed and dated 1889

  • Technique: Oil on wood, 54,7 x 35,5 cm

Cavalleri Vittorio, was a well-known Italian painter particularly dedicated to landscaping and to portraiture.

He was born in Turin in 1860 and learned the art of painting first with private lessons from the painter Francesco Sampietro and then enrolling at the Albertina Academy, after leaving the commercial studies (1878) to which he had been directed by the family, consisting of Gioacchino and Felicita Angelino of bourgeois extraction, who would have seen it well included in the trade of fabrics. Enrico Gamba, Pier Celestino Gilardi and Andrea Gastaldi were his mentors.

In 1883 he obtained his diploma and exhibited for the first time two works in the Circolo degli Artisti in Turin: Path and sunbeam. In 1884 and 1885 he also exhibited at the Turin Promoter of Fine Arts, among the works on display we mention: four studies from life, a half-length portrait of a man and the work Maternal delights, Forced congress, Summer in the hills, Portrait of a woman, Abandoned hoes and Cemetery flowers.

He continued with the exhibitions until 1913 producing a considerable number of works. In particular, he continued to exhibit at the Promotrice in the 1938s and XNUMX.

In all his works Cavalleri shows a strong interest in theimpressionism, a natural talent in expressing one's personality and the charm of the landscapes. Sturdy brush strokes, precise design, now soft and now lively colors, total immersion in the nature that surrounds it, here are the distinctive features of Vittorio Cavalleri's paintings. Gender themes were one of his most successful subjects, from 1890 onwards, enjoying great success with critics and audiences alike.

In 1885 Cavalleri decided to move to a location near Nichelino, as he was very fond of tranquility and country life. Here he was hosted by the Gachet family until 1938 the year of his death.

He was appointed honorary member of the Albertina Academy of Turin and of the Brera Academy in 1890. The following year, he exhibited the works in Brera Portrait of a Lady and Spree. In 1892 he won a silver medal all'Italian-American exhibition, organized by the Promoting Society of Genoa, with a work commemorating the IV Centenary of the discovery of America. He won another recognition in 1896 at the First Turin Triennale with the opera Empiricism. He also received various awards at the Parisian Salons of 1893 and 1894.


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