By Anne Leader
Giuseppe Pellizza was born in the Piedmont village of Volpedo on 28 July 1868. 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.
Reference: Aurora Scotti Tosini. “Pellizza da Volpedo, Giuseppe.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T066109.
Il Quarto Stato (The Fourth Estate), 1901, oil on canvas. Milan: Museo del Novecento
Portrait of Pellizza
Il Sole, 1904, oil on canvas. Rome: Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna
Portrait of my Father, 1889, oil on canvas