By Anne Leader

Giovanni Segantini was born on 15 January 1858 in Arco, a town in the Trentino-Alto Adige region of Northern Italy. Associated with the movements known as Divisionism and Symbolism, Segantini trained at the Brera Academy in Milan and moved to Switzerland in 1886 where the Alpine landscape proved to be an endless source of inspiration. Though cut short by peritonitis in 1899, Segantini’s short career was successful, as the artist was recognized throughout Europe as an innovator. His last work, a large triptych showing Life, Nature, and Death, was intended for the Paris World Exhibition in 1900, but the artist’s premature death prevented its completion.

Reference: Aurora Scotti Tosini. “Segantini, Giovanni.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press,

Ploughing, 1890, oil on canvas, Neue Pinakothek, Munich

Midday in the Alps (Windy Day), 1891, oil on canvas, Private collection

Self-Portrait, 1895, conté crayon on paper, St. Gallen Museum of Art

The Alpine Tripctych: Life, Nature, Death, 1898-9, Segantini Museum, St. Moritz

The Evil Mothers, 1894, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna

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