Painter Giovanni Fattori was born in Livorno on this day in 1825. Fattori began his career painting military themes but changed his focus to landscapes, becoming one of Italy’s leading plein-air painters. Associated with the Macchiaoli, the Italian counterpart to Impressionism, Fattori also worked as a printmaker. He died on 30 August 1908, just shy of his eighty-third birthday.

Reference: Paul Nicholls. “Fattori, Giovanni.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press..

Further reading: Con la matita e col pennello. Giovanni Fattori: Indagini e restauri dei dipinti della Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Palazzo Pitti by Giovanna Damiani and Muriel Vervat (2009);  34 Color Paintings of Giovanni Fattori – Italian Impressionist Painter (2013).

Self-Porrtrait, 1854, Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

Self-Portrait, 1894, Giustiniani Collection, Florence

The Palmieri’s Bathing Rotunda, 1866, Galleria dell’Arte Moderna, Palazzo Pitti, Florence

Signora Martelli in Castiglioncello, Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori, Livorno

The Haystack, after 1872, Museo Civico Giovanni Fattori, Livorno

A Street, c. 1888, Art Institute of Chicago, Ralph Weil Fund in memory of Sam Carini, 2008.154

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