Federico Zandomeneghi





Born in 1841. Trained at the Academy of Venice and Milan, a fervent patriot (he took part in the expedition of the Thousand in 1860), in 1862 he came into contact with the Macchiaioli Signorini, Fattori and Lega. Settled in Paris in 1874, he came into contact with the Impressionists and gradually approached their painting, exhibiting for the first once with them in 1879: from this moment on he participated continuously in all the exhibitions of the movement. In 1888 he exhibited in the Italian section of the Universal Exposition in Paris. His painting is characterized by the spreading of color strands. The female figure is his favorite subject and his images of women, both indoors and outdoors, are greatly influenced by the influence of the modern representation of elegance spread through fashion magazines. The closeness to Degas, with whom Zandomeneghi shared the love for drawing, for linear values and for pastel and to whom he was linked by friendship, is expressed in the nude scenes that capture young women in the daily gestures of awakening and toilet. In 1914 he exhibited at the Venice Biennale, but the exhibition of his works by him was not successful with modern critics. He died in 1917.