On this day in 1868, Giuseppe Pellizza was born in the Piedmont village of Volpedo. Despite a lengthy academic training, Pellizza turned to the neo-impressionist technique known as Divisionism by which he separated colors into patches, lines, and dots of pure color, applying them directly to the canvas for maximum brilliance and clarity. Though he found official recognition and growing success, the artist committed suicide in 1907 following the deaths of his wife and son.
For more see: Aurora Scotti Tosini. “Pellizza da Volpedo, Giuseppe.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. [http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T066109].